Canons on a castle rampart.
An example of a rampart is a big stone wall around a palace where the king lives that has a flat top so the guards can walk along the top of in order to watch what is going on below.
- an embankment of earth, usually surmounted by a parapet, encircling a castle, fort, etc., for defense against attack
- any defense or bulwark
Origin of rampartFrench rempart from remparer, to fortify a place from re-, again + emparer from Provençal amparer, to fortify from Classical Latin ante, before + parare, to prepare
- A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
- A means of protection or defense; a bulwark. See Synonyms at bulwark.
transitive verbram·part·ed, ram·part·ing, ram·parts
Origin of rampartFrench rempart from Old French from remparer to fortify re- re- emparer to fortify, take possession of ( from Old Provençal amparar ) ( from Vulgar Latin ante parāre to prepare ) (Latin ante- ante- ) (Latin parāre to prepare ; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.)
- 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.
- A defensive structure; a protective barrier; a bulwark.
- That which defends against intrusion from outside; a protection.
- (usually in the plural) A steep bank of a river or gorge.
(third-person singular simple present ramparts, present participle ramparting, simple past and past participle ramparted)
From Old French rempart (“a rampart of a fort"), from remparer (“to defend, fortify, inclose with a rampart"), from re- (“again") + emparer (“to defend, fortify, surround, seize, take possesion of"), from en- + parer (“to defend").