Barbican

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbɑːbɪkən/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(bärbi kən)


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Barbican /ˈbɑːbɪkən/ n
  1. the Barbicana 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
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•bi•can  (bärbi kən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an outwork of a fortified place, as a castle.
  2. a defensive outpost of any sort.
Also,  barbacan. 
  • Old French barbacane or Medieval Latin barbacana, perh. Persian bālāḥāna terrace over a roof, upper floor, altered by association with Latin barba beard, a beard marking the front or face of a thing
  • Middle English barbecan, barbican 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
barbican /ˈbɑːbɪkən/ n
  1. a walled outwork or tower to protect a gate or drawbridge of a fortification
  2. a watchtower projecting from a fortification
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French barbacane, from Medieval Latin barbacana, of unknown origin
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