rampart


ram·part

noun \ˈram-ˌpärt, -pərt\

: a tall, thick stone or dirt wall that is built around a castle, town, etc., to protect it from attacks

Full Definition of RAMPART

1
:  a protective barrier :  bulwark
2
:  a broad embankment raised as a fortification and usually surmounted by a parapet
3
:  a wall-like ridge (as of rock fragments, earth, or debris)

Origin of RAMPART

Middle French, from ramparer to fortify, from re- + emparer to defend, from Old Occitan emparar, from Vulgar Latin *imparare, from Latin in- 2in- + parare to prepare — more at pare
First Known Use: 1536

Other Military Terms

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