Definition of rampart in English:


Syllabification: ram·part
Pronunciation: /ˈramˌpärt


(usually ramparts)
  • 1A defensive wall of a castle or walled city, having a broad top with a walkway and typically a stone parapet.
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    • Take the track to the left of the castle ramparts, rounding small sewage works on its left.
    • This narrow headland was defended as a cliff castle with three stone ramparts across its neck.
    • It nestles just off the town square of Durrow, surrounded by the old rampart of the castle walls.
    defensive wall, embankment, earthwork, parapet, breastwork, battlement, bulwark, outwork
  • 1.1A defensive or protective barrier: the open Pacific broke on the far-off ramparts of the reef
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    • He was the only one not standing on a rampart, but was instead leaning out a window.
    • The string of them reminded Mike of a rampart, or some other manner of fortification.
    • Each man carried a stake and this was driven into the top of the rampart.


[with object] rare Back to top  
  • Fortify or surround with or as if with a rampart.


late 16th century: from French rempart, from remparer 'fortify, take possession of again', based on Latin ante 'before' + parare 'prepare'.

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