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redoubt

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noun re·doubt \ri-ˈdau̇t\

Simple Definition of redoubt

  • : a small building or area that gives protection to soldiers under attack

  • : a safe or protected place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of redoubt

  1. 1 a :  a small usually temporary enclosed defensive work b :  a defended position :  protective barrier

  2. 2 :  a secure retreat :  stronghold

Examples of redoubt in a sentence

  1. The refugees gathered in a hilly redoubt several miles outside the city.

  2. <a massive stone redoubt at the entrance of the bay guarded the city>



Did You Know?

Based on its spelling, you might think that "redoubt" shares its origin with words such as "doubt" and "redoubtable," both of which derive from a Latin verb, dubitare. But that's not the case. "Redoubt" actually derives via French and Italian from a different Latin verb - reducere, meaning "to lead back," the same root that gives us "reduce." How that "b" ended up in "redoubt" is a lingering question, but some etymologists have posited that the word might have been conflated with another "redoubt" - a now-archaic transitive verb meaning "to regard with awe, dismay, or dread." Unlike its homographic twin, that "redoubt" does derive from the same root as "doubt" and "redoubtable."

Origin and Etymology of redoubt

French redoute, from Italian ridotto, from Medieval Latin reductus secret place, from Latin, withdrawn, from past participle of reducere to lead back — more at reduce


First Known Use: circa 1608


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