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”).
rampart (plural ramparts)
- 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 plural) A steep bank of a river or gorge.