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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Away to the west stood the great ramparts of the Andes. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 From the ramparts, a green patchwork of vineyards and truffle-rich forests stretch as far as the eye can see. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 2019 Lomonsov is a rampart crater, meaning it was accompanied by a distinctive fluid ejected from the crater's rim. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Used to Have a Huge Ocean, but Then a Mega-Tsunami Ruined Everything," 5 Aug. 2019 Beautiful Saint-Malo, about an hour by car from Mont Saint-Michel, is an ancient walled citadel with wide ramparts perfect for strolling. Debra Bruno, Washington Post, "See the light: Instead of joining the throngs on Mont Saint-Michel, go to Saint-Malo," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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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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