Definition of redoubt
1a : a small usually temporary enclosed defensive workb : a defended position : protective barrier
2 : a secure retreat : stronghold
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Examples of redoubt in a sentence
The refugees gathered in a hilly redoubt several miles outside the city.
a massive stone redoubt at the entrance of the bay guarded the city
Did You Know?
Based on its spelling, you might think that "redoubt" shares its origin with words such as "doubt" and "redoubtable," both of which derive from a Latin verb, dubitare. But that's not the case. "Redoubt" actually derives via French and Italian from a different Latin verb - reducere, meaning "to lead back," the same root that gives us "reduce." How that "b" ended up in "redoubt" is a lingering question, but some etymologists have posited that the word might have been conflated with another "redoubt" - a now-archaic transitive verb meaning "to regard with awe, dismay, or dread." Unlike its homographic twin, that "redoubt" does derive from the same root as "doubt" and "redoubtable."
Origin and Etymology of redoubt
French redoute, from Italian ridotto, from Medieval Latin reductus secret place, from Latin, withdrawn, from past participle of reducere to lead back — more at reduce
First Known Use: circa 1608
REDOUBT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of redoubt for English Language Learners
: a small building or area that gives protection to soldiers under attack
: a safe or protected place
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