One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A temporary or supplementary fortification, typically square or polygonal and without flanking defenses.
- ‘The buccaneer fought the King's soldiers for many a year until a large force of redcoats stormed his redoubt.’
- ‘The earthworks were reused as a gun redoubt during the Civil War.’
- ‘A camp was built on top of the cliff and a redoubt followed.’
- ‘Unlike the fortified cities of northern Ireland, Charles Towne's streets fail to connect the bastions and redoubts rimming the town.’
- ‘A few men actually made it to the redoubt on top, only to be killed immediately.’
Early 17th century: from French redoute, from obsolete Italian ridotta and medieval Latin reductus ‘refuge’, from Latin reducere ‘withdraw’. The -b- was added by association with doubt.
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