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 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 In Poland’s yearslong struggle over the rule of law, its judges have often found themselves at the ramparts — frequently vilified but also leading the efforts to stop the nationalist government’s campaign to tighten control over the judiciary. Joanna Berendt, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2020 But a spiky rampart of intellectuality surrounds Lerner’s work. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2019 Mickey has risen from humble stock to the ramparts of wealth, having lost every grain of humility along the way. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of rampart was in 1536

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“Rampart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampart. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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