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[ram-pahrt, -pert] /ˈræm pɑrt, -pərt/
  1. a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet.
  2. such an elevation together with the parapet.
anything serving as a bulwark or defense.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with or as if with a rampart.
Origin of rampart
1575-85; < Middle French, derivative of remparer, equivalent to re- re- + emparer to take possession of < Provençal ampararLatin ante- ante- + parāre to prepare
2. fortification, breastwork, barricade, guard. Unabridged
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  • Quitting these more distinguished associates, he took his way alone towards the ramparts.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He despatched him with orders to the different posts guarding the ramparts.

  • The garrison hoped that if they sued before the ramparts actually fell, they might be granted favorable terms.

  • So off Gilian would go with his book under his arm to the ramparts.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Her heart lies intrenched within the ramparts of Duty and of Devotion.

    Dream Life Donald G. Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for ramparts


the surrounding embankment of a fort, often including any walls, parapets, walks, etc, that are built on the bank
anything resembling a rampart in form or function, esp in being a defence or bulwark
(Canadian) a steep rock wall in a river gorge
(transitive) to provide with a rampart; fortify
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from remparer, from re- + emparer to take possession of, from Old Provençal antparar, from Latin ante before + parāre to prepare
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Word Origin and History for ramparts



"earthen elevation around a place for fortification," sometimes also including parapets, 1580s, from Middle French rempart, rampart, from remparer "to fortify," from re- "again" (see re-) + emparer "fortify, take possession of," from Old Provençal amparer, from Vulgar Latin *anteparare "prepare," properly "to make preparations beforehand," from Latin ante- "before" (see ante) + parare "prepare" (see pare). With excrescent -t in French, perhaps by influence of boulevart (see boulevard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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