dungeon

\ \ [14] In common with a wide range of other English words, including danger, demesne, dominion, domino, and don, dungeon comes ultimately from Latin dominuslord, master’.
\ \ Derived from this was dominiumproperty’ (source of English dominion), which in postclassical times became dominiō or domniō, meaning ‘lord’s tower’. In Old French this became donjon, the term for a ‘castle keep’, and eventually, by extension, a ‘secure (underground) cell’. English acquired the package in the 14th century, but in common usage has retained only the latter sense, in the adapted Middle English spelling (although the original Old French form remains in use as a technical term for a ‘castle keep’).
\ \ Cf.DAME, DANGER, DEMESNE, DOMINION, DOMINATE

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:
(especially one underground and dark), ,


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