A temporary or supplementary fortification, typically square or polygonal and without flanking defences.‘the British stormed the rebel redoubt’
- ‘the use of old-fashioned film is moribund, surviving mainly in the redoubts of professional photographers and hobbyists’
- ‘Unlike the fortified cities of northern Ireland, Charles Towne's streets fail to connect the bastions and redoubts rimming the town.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The buccaneer fought the King's soldiers for many a year until a large force of redcoats stormed his redoubt.’
- ‘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.