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A tower or other fortification on the approach to a castle or town, especially one at a gate or drawbridge.
1. (Fortifications) a walled outwork or tower to protect a gate or drawbridge of a fortification
2. (Fortifications) a watchtower projecting from a fortification
[C13: from Old French barbacane, from Medieval Latin barbacana, of unknown origin]
(Placename) 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
bar•bi•can(ˈbɑr bɪ kən)
an outwork of a fortified place, esp. one facing or extending over a bridge or gate.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French]
Fortifications protecting a draw-bridge, castle entrance, or fortified town gate.