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."
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.