barbican









barbican


noun

  1. an outwork of a fortified place, as a castle.
  2. a defensive outpost of any sort.

noun

  1. a walled outwork or tower to protect a gate or drawbridge of a fortification
  2. a watchtower projecting from a fortification

noun

  1. the Barbican a building complex in the City of London: includes residential developments and the Barbican Arts Centre (completed 1982) housing concert and exhibition halls, theatres, cinemas, etc
n.

“outer fortification of a city or castle,” mid-13c., from Old French barbacane (12c.), a general Romanic word, perhaps ultimately from Arabic or Persian (cf. bab-khanah “gate-house”).

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