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 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, "Explore tarot’s centuries-old history in Milan," 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, "In Poland, a Stubborn Defender of Judicial Independence," 10 Jan. 2020 But a spiky rampart of intellectuality surrounds Lerner’s work. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Ben Lerner’s brilliant new novel, ‘The Topeka School,’ captures America’s brutal divisions," 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, "“The Gentlemen” Is a Nasty Piece of Work," 24 Jan. 2020 It was spent taking up positions from various crumbling ideological ramparts to get a better shot in at his lifelong enemy: the liberal elite. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 To avoid trouble, many shoppers stormed the ramparts of retail at 7 a.m. as doors to the mall opened, just five hours after the shopping center closed at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Doorbuster sales, rebates, discounts and parking woes greet shoppers on Black Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 For panoramic views from the remaining castle ramparts, ride the cute funicular up to Castle Hill. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "The Danube River trifecta: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest," 28 Nov. 2019 There are plentiful reasons right now to come to NR’s aid, to join it in the foxhole and the cockpit, to stand with it on the ramparts and at the deck guns. Jack Fowler, National Review, "Time to Mann Up," 8 Oct. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampart. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of rampart

: a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier

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