rampart

noun ram·part \ ˈram-ˌpärt , -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)

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Origin and Etymology 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


RAMPART Defined for English Language Learners

rampart

noun

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

noun ram·part \ ˈram-ˌpärt \

Definition of rampart for Students

: a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier


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