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noun Fortification.
  1. an isolated work forming a complete enclosure of any form, used to defend a prominent point.
  2. an independent earthwork built within a permanent fortification to reinforce it.
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Origin of redoubt

1600–10; < French redoute < Italian ridotto < Late Latin reductus a refuge, noun use of past participle of Latin redūcere to lead back; see reduce


[ri-dout, ree-dout]
  1. Mount, an active volcano in S Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula: highest peak in the Aleutian Range. 10,197 feet (3108 meters).
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  1. an outwork or detached fieldwork defending a pass, hilltop, etc
  2. a temporary defence work built inside a fortification as a last defensive position
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Word Origin

C17: via French from obsolete Italian ridotta, from Medieval Latin reductus shelter, from Latin redūcere to withdraw, from re- + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for redoubt


also redout, "small, enclosed military work," c.1600, from French redoute (17c.), from Italian ridotto, earlier ridotta, "place of retreat," from Medieval Latin reductus "place of refuge, retreat," noun use of past participle of reducere "to lead or bring back" (see reduce). The -b- was added by influence of unrelated English redoubt (v.) "to dread, fear" (see redoubtable). As an adjective, Latin reductus meant "withdrawn, retired; remote, distant."

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