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[en-trench-muh nt]
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  1. the act of entrenching.
  2. an entrenched position.
  3. Usually entrenchments. an earth breastwork or ditch for protection against enemy fire.
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Origin of entrenchment

First recorded in 1580–90; entrench + -ment
Related formsre·en·trench·ment, noun
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Related Words for entrenchment

raid, intrusion, violation, onslaught, offensive, infringement, assault, breach, incursion, aggression, infiltration, gully, dike, trough, gorge, moat, pit, foxhole, waterway, infraction

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Historical Examples of entrenchment

  • Bob Power stood up outside his entrenchment and peered at her.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

  • The latter built an entrenchment at their end of the bridge.

    Rodney, the Ranger

    John V. Lane

  • Albinik and Meroë were first taken to one of the gates of the entrenchment.

  • Half the entrenchment was manned by the Highlanders, and the other half by Rifles.

  • The new palace is within an entrenchment just outside the city.

British Dictionary definitions for entrenchment



  1. the act of entrenching or state of being entrenched
  2. a position protected by trenches
  3. one of a series of deep trenches constructed as a shelter from gunfire
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Word Origin and History for entrenchment


1580s, from entrench + -ment.

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