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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [woch-tou-er]
    • /ˈwɒtʃˌtaʊ ər/
    • /ˈwɒtʃˌtaʊər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch-tou-er]
    • /ˈwɒtʃˌtaʊ ər/

Definitions of watchtower word

  • noun watchtower a tower on which a sentinel keeps watch. 1
  • noun watchtower A tower built to create an elevated observation point. 1
  • noun watchtower observation tower 1
  • countable noun watchtower A watchtower is a high building which gives a person a good view of the area around the place that they are guarding. 0
  • noun watchtower a tower on which a sentry keeps watch 0
  • noun watchtower a high tower from which a sentinel watches for enemies, forest fires, etc.; lookout 0

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Origin of watchtower

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
First recorded in 1535-45; watch + tower1

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Parts of speech for Watchtower


watchtower popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for watchtower

noun watchtower

  • lookoutCape, a sandy reef in the Outer Banks, off E North Carolina, SW of Cape Hatteras: lighthouse.
  • barbican — a walled outwork or tower to protect a gate or drawbridge of a fortification
  • beacon — A beacon is a light or a fire, usually on a hill or tower, which acts as a signal or a warning.
  • landmark — a prominent or conspicuous object on land that serves as a guide, especially to ships at sea or to travelers on a road; a distinguishing landscape feature marking a site or location: The post office served as a landmark for locating the street to turn down.
  • lighthouse — a tower or other structure displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships in avoiding dangerous areas, in following certain routes, etc.

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