- a breastwork outside a fortification, to defend approaches, etc.
- a breastwork within a fortification
- any stronghold
Origin of redoubtFrench redoute from Italian ridotta from Medieval Latin reductus, refuge, origin, originally past participle of Classical Latin reducere: see reduce
- A small, often temporary defensive fortification.
- A reinforcing earthwork or breastwork within a permanent rampart.
- A protected place of refuge or defense.
Origin of redoubtFrench redoute from Italian ridotto from Medieval Latin reductus concealed place from Latin past participle of redūcere to withdraw, lead back ; see reduce .
(third-person singular simple present redoubts, present participle redoubting, simple past and past participle redoubted)
- (archaic) To dread.
From French redoute, from Italian ridotta, from Medieval Latin reductus (“refuge"), from Latin reduco (“I withdraw"). The b was added by influence of the unrelated English word doubt (which ultimately derives from Latin dubito).
The verb is unrelated to the noun, coming from French redouter. (See doubt and redoubtable.)