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What word can I use for a tower where security personnel stand to keep watch on an area?

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Could we have more context? How do you plan to use the word? In a medieval novel? A modern account of prison life? –  Bobbi Bennett May 18 '12 at 17:21
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All along the watchtower

Princes kept the view

Dylan

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Lookout tower

Watch tower

Post

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Guard Tower is another useful symonym - it conveys a more spefically military meaning than watchtower or lookout post.

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Still not a single word, but: sentry tower

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Analogous to previously-suggested sentry tower, watchtower, and lookout tower is guard tower, "a general term for any military tower providing vigilance, and henceforth guarding a certain area". Some more-specific terms include barbican ("A tower at the entrance to a castle or fortified town", "A temporary wooden tower built for defensive purposes", etc.) and bartizan or bartisan ("A parapet with battlements projecting from the top of a tower in a castle or church") and of course turret.

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