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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Definitions for redoubt

  1. A small and usually temporary defensive fortification.
  2. A defended position or protective barrier.
  3. A secure place of refuge or defense; a stronghold.

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Citations for redoubt
Evicting the intruders from their mountain redoubts with ground forces alone was beginning to look like a protracted and expensive task. , The Economist
First, Milosevic himself will be absent, apparently fearful of leaving his redoubt in Belgrade. , New York Times
Origin of redoubt
1600-1610
Redoubt derives from French redoute, from Italian ridotto, from Latin reductus, "a refuge, a retreat," from reducere, "to lead or draw back," from re-, "back" + ducere, "to lead."