noun \ˈstrŋ-ˌhōld\

: an area where most people have the same beliefs, values, etc. : an area dominated by a particular group

: a protected place where the members of a military group stay and can defend themselves against attacks

: an area where a particular type of uncommon animal can still be found

Full Definition of STRONGHOLD

:  a fortified place
a :  a place of security or survival <one of the last strongholds of the ancient Gaelic language — George Holmes>
b :  a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic <a Republican stronghold> <strongholds of snobbery — Lionel Trilling>

Examples of STRONGHOLD

  1. The area is a Republican stronghold.
  2. The rebels retreated to their mountain stronghold.
  3. the last stronghold of the endangered deer

First Known Use of STRONGHOLD

15th century


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