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Borrowed from Middle French rempart (a rampart of a fort), from Old French remparer (to defend, fortify, inclose with a rampart), from re- (again) + emparer (to defend, fortify, surround, seize, take possesion of), from Old Occitan amparer, from Vulgar Latin *anteparō (to prepare), from Latin ante- + parō (to prepare).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹæm.pɑː(ɹ)t/
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rampart (plural ramparts)

  1. A defensive mound of earth or a wall with a broad top and usually a stone parapet; a wall-like ridge of earth, stones or debris; an embankment for defensive purpose.
  2. A defensive structure; a protective barrier; a bulwark.
  3. That which defends against intrusion from outside; a protection.
  4. (usually in the plural) A steep bank of a river or gorge.



rampart (third-person singular simple present ramparts, present participle ramparting, simple past and past participle ramparted)

  1. To defend with a rampart; fortify or surround with a rampart.
    • 1793, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ode on the Departing Year:
      Those grassy hills, those glittering dells, / Proudly ramparted with rocks.

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