Definition of ringwork in English:


Pronunciation /ˈriNGˌwərk/ /ˈrɪŋˌwərk/


  • The circular entrenchment of a minor medieval castle.

    ‘As time permitted, larger, purpose-built earth and timber castles of motte and bailey plan, or ringworks, were constructed.’
    • ‘William's suppression of the south-western revolt of 1067-68 resulted in the construction of a large ringwork castle in the city of Exeter; the building of other castles in the region followed.’
    • ‘Earth and timber fortifications were hastily erected, whether in motte-and-bailey or in ringwork form, in new areas during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.’