rampart

noun
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)

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Tour the castle and take in far-reaching views of the city from the ramparts; then enjoy a free afternoon to explore historic landmarks, or opt to visit a local kilt-maker for a private fitting. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The clip shows Turner on what look like the ramparts of Winterfell, belting out the lyrics to the 2007 hip-hop hit while dancing and hitting a snowball off of the balcony. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones's Maisie Williams Responds to Arya's Epic Kill with a Priceless Sophie Turner Video," 29 Apr. 2019 The defenders within the castle went mad with rage and took their prisoners and ripped them limb from limb on the castle ramparts. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 Typically there was an elevated walkway just behind the top of the castle walls called a rampart. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 The 30-foot-tall barriers use varying configurations of steel, concrete and even spikes to create ramparts far more formidable than almost anything in place along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. John Wagner, Washington Post, "In first California visit, Trump visits border-wall prototypes, blasts Gov. Jerry Brown," 13 Mar. 2018 What happens when this religious rampart of the entire system is removed? Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 The inner walls are wide and finely terraced, and theouter ramparts display a generally radial structure of hillocks. Miguel Claro, Space.com, "See the Moon in All Its Cratered, Groovy Glory (Photo)," 25 July 2018 While there are no superheroes or crime-fighting, several Roman gods feature in the action, and a few people plummet to their deaths from ramparts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018

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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

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rampart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rampart

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

rampart

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

Kids Definition of rampart

: a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier

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