Definition of rampart in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
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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Syllabification: ram·part

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