rampart

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noun ram·part \ˈram-ˌpärt, -pərt\

Definition of rampart

  1. 1 :  a protective barrier :  bulwark

  2. 2 :  a broad embankment raised as a fortification and usually surmounted by a parapet

  3. 3 :  a wall-like ridge (as of rock fragments, earth, or debris)

Origin and Etymology of rampart

Medieval 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


RAMPART Defined for English Language Learners

rampart

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noun ram·part \ˈram-ˌpärt, -pərt\

Definition of rampart for English Language Learners

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


RAMPART Defined for Kids

rampart

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noun ram·part \ˈram-ˌpärt\

Definition of rampart for Students

  1. :  a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier



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