[ ram-pahrt, -pert ]
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  1. Fortification.

    • a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet.

    • such an elevation together with the parapet.

  2. anything serving as a bulwark or defense.

verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with or as if with a rampart.

Origin of rampart

1575–85; <Middle French, derivative of remparer, equivalent to re-re- + emparer to take possession of <Provençal amparar ≪ Latin ante-ante- + parāre to prepare

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How to use rampart in a sentence

  • The sentinels were planted at their posts; each on the ramparts of the curtain that ran between the towers.

  • Bernard de Brabant made for the river, Roland hied him to the ramparts, and all marched valiantly.

  • At early dawn—it was Friday, May 18, 1302—the watchers on the ramparts saw a host of armed men rapidly approaching the town.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • The ramparts were of earth, planted on the exterior slope with a thick mass of thorn-bushes, interlaced and strengthened by posts.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • The natural 'bunkers' were filled up, and replaced by ramparts and ditches like those on some inland courses in England.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond

British Dictionary definitions for rampart


/ (ˈræmpɑːt) /

  1. the surrounding embankment of a fort, often including any walls, parapets, walks, etc, that are built on the bank

  2. anything resembling a rampart in form or function, esp in being a defence or bulwark

  1. Canadian a steep rock wall in a river gorge

  1. (tr) to provide with a rampart; fortify

Origin of 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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