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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid-16th century


An institution, place, or person strongly defending or upholding particular principles, attitudes, or activities.


A projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions.

Examples of Bastion in a sentence

"By the time Tim got tenure, he was a bastion of academia."

"The naval base has a bastion that juts out into the ocean."

About Bastion

This word is French, by way of the Italian “bastione.” That comes from “bastire,” meaning “build.”

Did you Know?

“Bastion” is also a role-playing video game that was released in 2011. Complete with narration, players have to create and fight for civilization’s last stronghold in the game’s imaginary setting.

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