ram·​part | \ ˈram-ˌpärt How to pronounce rampart (audio) , -pərt \

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)

Examples of rampart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The virtue of her citizens, their patriotic zeal, the particular form that national institutions can give to their spirit, that is the only rampart always ready to defend it, and which no army could breach. Rich Lowry, National Review, 1 Mar. 2022 After ambling through the knot of cobbled alleyways, walk the one-and-a-half-mile stone rampart to see the picture-perfect town and its bucolic surroundings. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Aug. 2021 But there are more urgent things to worry about: my son Nadim who has blood on his legs, and my wife Nayla who has gathered up the children and is holding them together in her arms like a rampart against who knows what. Charif Majdalani, WSJ, 24 July 2021 The fact that intelligence can be difficult and tedious to correlate was perhaps the last natural rampart standing between us and total surveillance. Arthur Holland Michel, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 The word rampart, griffin pointed out, means a barrier, and in certain ways, the street was just that. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, 14 Jan. 2021 But the shock did not extend to the east side of Interstate 35, a concrete rampart that has for decades sliced this community in half, both physically and culturally. Peter Holley, Houston Chronicle, 6 June 2020 Ravari first had to dig a vast ditch and an earth rampart around his 2,600-hectare farm, to keep out sheep, cattle, and wild pigs. Marc Champion, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 Splendid Sforza Castle, with its brick ramparts, is where cards dating from about 1500 were discovered in the early 20th century, at the bottom of a well. National Geographic, 16 Jan. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rampart.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of rampart

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rampart

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

Learn More About rampart

Time Traveler for rampart

Time Traveler

The first known use of rampart was in 1536

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near rampart




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for rampart

Cite this Entry

“Rampart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampart. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for rampart


ram·​part | \ ˈram-ˌpärt How to pronounce rampart (audio) \

Kids Definition of rampart

: a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!