parados

[ par-uh-dos ]
/ ˈpær əˌdɒs /
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noun Fortification.

a bank of earth built behind a trench or military emplacement to protect soldiers from a surprise attack from the rear.

Nearby words

  1. paradise valley,
  2. paradisiacal,
  3. paradiso,
  4. paradoctor,
  5. parador,
  6. paradox,
  7. paradoxical,
  8. paradoxical contraction,
  9. paradoxical diaphragm phenomenon,
  10. paradoxical embolism

Origin of parados

From French, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at para-2, reredos

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British Dictionary definitions for parados

parados

/ (ˈpærəˌdɒs) /

noun

a bank behind a trench or other fortification, giving protection from being fired on from the rear

Word Origin for parados

C19: from French, from para- ² + dos back, from Latin dorsum; compare parasol, parapet

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Word Origin and History for parados

parados

n.

"rear wall of a trench," 1917, earlier "elevation behind a fortified place" (1853), literally "defense from the back," from French parados, from para- "defense" (see para- (2)) + dos "back" (see dossier).

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