Via French redoute from Italian ridotta, from Medieval Latin reductus (“refuge”), from Latin reduco (“I withdraw”), with spelling influenced by doubt.
redoubt (plural redoubts)
- A small, temporary, military fortification.
- A reinforced refuge; a fort.
- A place of safety or refuge.
- 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)
- To the south, the vast geometrical deserts of Arabian nomads, a redoubt of feral movement, of fickle winds, of open space, of saddle leather—home to the wild Bedouin tribes.
From Old French redouter, from Latin dubitāre (“doubt”) prefixed with re-. The b was later added back in this word, and the related doubt and redoubtable, to reflect their Latin source.
redoubt (third-person singular simple present redoubts, present participle redoubting, simple past and past participle redoubted)
- (archaic) To dread.