[ram-pahrt, -pert]


  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.

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

Synonyms for rampart

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Examples from the Web for ramparts

Contemporary Examples of ramparts

Historical Examples of ramparts

  • He despatched him with orders to the different posts guarding the ramparts.

  • It reminded her of a small lane outside the ramparts of Plassans.


    Emile Zola

  • It was easy walking, for a little path ran all outside the ramparts.

  • If ghules, argents and ramparts are extra, I am prepared to pay.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • So off Gilian would go with his book under his arm to the Ramparts.

British Dictionary definitions for ramparts



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


(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 ramparts



"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).

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