from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, often temporary defensive fortification.
  • n. A reinforcing earthwork or breastwork within a permanent rampart.
  • n. A protected place of refuge or defense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, temporary, military fortification.
  • n. A reinforced refuge; a fort.
  • n. A place of safety or refuge.
  • v. To dread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, and usually a roughly constructed, fort or outwork of varying shape, commonly erected for a temporary purpose, and without flanking defenses, -- used esp. in fortifying tops of hills and passes, and positions in hostile territory.
  • n. In permanent works, an outwork placed within another outwork. See F and i in Illust. of ravelin.
  • transitive v. To stand in dread of; to regard with fear; to dread.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fear; dread.
  • To venerate; honor.
  • n. See redout.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an entrenched stronghold or refuge
  • n. (military) a temporary or supplementary fortification; typically square or polygonal without flanking defenses


French redoute, from Italian ridotto, from Medieval Latin reductus, concealed place, from Latin, past participle of redūcere, to withdraw, lead back; see reduce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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). (Wiktionary)


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  • A fortification, often temporary.

    August 14, 2007