- an isolated work forming a complete enclosure of any form, used to defend a prominent point.
- an independent earthwork built within a permanent fortification to reinforce it.
Origin of redoubt
- Mount, an active volcano in S Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula: highest peak in the Aleutian Range. 10,197 feet (3108 meters).
Examples from the Web for redoubt
He and the troops then retreated across New Jersey to a winter redoubt.George Washington, the First Vaxxer
October 5, 2014
The Fuhrer may have fallen but his ideology persists in this redoubt of Nazism, untroubled by a sympathetic Argentine regime.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
Griffith was elected to a North Alabama district in 2008 that had long been a Democratic redoubt in the midst of a deep red sea.Parker Griffith Re-Rats
February 4, 2014
Or does it want to remain a redoubt for a shrinking minority of older whites?Can the Republicans Get a Handle on Their Bigots?
August 9, 2013
Even so, he will be calling many of the shots from his Middle East redoubt, a reality few dispute.Thailand’s Shaky Revolution
July 4, 2011
The redoubt itself was at the apex of a broad angle of trenches.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
Meanwhile the British right center was held up by the redoubt.
Putnam showed him the redoubt, saying, "There you will be covered."
Howe disposed his forces in three columns, to attack the three faces of the redoubt.
For the men in the redoubt there were two more hours of waiting.
- an outwork or detached fieldwork defending a pass, hilltop, etc
- a temporary defence work built inside a fortification as a last defensive position
Word Origin and History for redoubt
also redout, "small, enclosed military work," c.1600, from French redoute (17c.), from Italian ridotto, earlier ridotta, "place of retreat," from Medieval Latin reductus "place of refuge, retreat," noun use of past participle of reducere "to lead or bring back" (see reduce). The -b- was added by influence of unrelated English redoubt (v.) "to dread, fear" (see redoubtable). As an adjective, Latin reductus meant "withdrawn, retired; remote, distant."