bastion /ˈbastɪən/


I. noun

1. 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.
2. a natural rock formation resembling a man-made bastion.
3. an institution, place, or person strongly maintaining particular principles, attitudes, or activities

cricket’s last bastion of discrimination.
– origin mid 16th cent.: from French, from Italian bastione, from bastire ‘build’.

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