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rampart

[ ram-pahrt, -pert ]
/ ˈræm pɑrt, -pərt /
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noun

Fortification.
  1. a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet.
  2. such an elevation together with the parapet.
anything serving as a bulwark or defense.

verb (used with object)

to furnish with or as if with a rampart.

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RELATED WORDS

barricade, bastion, ridge, fence, barrier, bulwark, wall, parapet, support, guard, defense, hill, embankment, protection, elevation, mound, security, fort, breastwork, earthwork

Nearby words

rampage, rampageous, rampageously, rampancy, rampant, rampart, rampasture, ramphal, ramphele, rampike, rampion

Origin of rampart

1575–85; < Middle French, derivative of remparer, equivalent to re- re- + emparer to take possession of < Provençal ampararLatin ante- ante- + parāre to prepare
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British Dictionary definitions for rampart

rampart

/ (ˈræmpɑːt) /

noun

the surrounding embankment of a fort, often including any walls, parapets, walks, etc, that are built on the bank
anything resembling a rampart in form or function, esp in being a defence or bulwark
Canadian a steep rock wall in a river gorge

verb

(tr) to provide with a rampart; fortify

Word Origin for rampart

C16: from Old French, from remparer, from re- + emparer to take possession of, from Old Provençal antparar, from Latin ante before + parāre to prepare
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Word Origin and History for rampart

rampart


n.

"earthen elevation around a place for fortification," sometimes also including parapets, 1580s, from Middle French rempart, rampart, from remparer "to fortify," from re- "again" (see re-) + emparer "fortify, take possession of," from Old Provençal amparer, from Vulgar Latin *anteparare "prepare," properly "to make preparations beforehand," from Latin ante- "before" (see ante) + parare "prepare" (see pare). With excrescent -t in French, perhaps by influence of boulevart (see boulevard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper