noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, from oublier to forget, from Old French oblier, from Vulgar Latin *oblitare, frequentative of Latin oblivisci to forget — more at oblivion Date: 1819 a dungeon with an opening only at the top

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  • oubliette — [ ublijɛt ] n. f. • fin XIVe; oubliete v. 1360; de oublier ♦ Généralt au plur. Cachot où l on enfermait les personnes condamnées à la prison perpétuelle. ♢ Fosse couverte d une trappe basculante où l on faisait tomber ceux dont on voulait se… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Oubliette — Ou bli ette , n. [F., fr. oublier to forget, fr. (assumed) LL. oblitare, L. oblivisci, p. p. oblitus.] A dungeon with an opening only at the top, found in some old castles and other strongholds, into which persons condemned to perpetual… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oubliette — secret dungeon reached only via trapdoor, 1819, from Fr. oubliette (14c.), from M.Fr. oublier to forget, from O.Fr. oblider, from V.L. *oblitare, from L. oblitus, pp. of oblivisci to forget (see OBLIVION (Cf. oblivion)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • oubliette — ► NOUN ▪ a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling. ORIGIN French, from oublier forget …   English terms dictionary

  • oubliette — [o͞o΄blē et′] n. [Fr < oublier, to forget < VL * oblitare < pp. of L oblivisci, to forget: see OBLIVION] a concealed dungeon having a trap door in the ceiling as its only opening …   English World dictionary

  • Oubliette — An oubliette (from the French oubliettes (noun plural)) was a form of dungeon which was accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling.HistoryTo exit an oubliette was nearly impossible without outside help. The word comes from the same root as… …   Wikipedia

  • Oubliette — Oubliettes de la prison de la Bastille à Paris Dictionnaire raisonné de l architecture française du XIe au XVIe siècle, par Eugène Viollet le Duc …   Wikipédia en Français

  • oubliette —    (oo blee EHT) [French: from oublier: to forget] A secret, underground cell in a castle, with an entrance that was only a hole in the stone floor above, where individual prisoners were kept, usually until they died.    In this final picture the …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • oubliette — /ooh blee et /, n. a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles. [1810 20; < F, MF, equiv. to oubli(er) to forget, OF oblider < VL *oblitare, deriv. of L oblitus (ptp. of oblivisci to forget; see OBLIVION) + MF… …   Universalium

  • oubliette — noun /uːblɪˈɛt/ A dungeon only accessible by a trapdoor at the top …   Wiktionary

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