\ˈfȯrt \

Definition of fort 

1 : a strong or fortified place especially : a fortified place occupied only by troops and surrounded with such works as a ditch, rampart, and parapet : fortification

2 : a permanent army post often used in place names

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Examples of fort in a Sentence

They captured the fort after a long battle. a series of forts along the frontier

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While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle traverse the Pacific on royal tour, Prince William and Kate Middleton held down the fort in England with a royal engagement in Essex. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Adorably Met Kids at Coach Core in Essex," 30 Oct. 2018 No doubt that Wills could hold down the fort, though. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Will Pippa Middleton Be at Princess Eugenie's Wedding?," 1 Oct. 2018 The two films are an appropriate combo fort his gang: Bumble is nothing if not woman-centric, and its notions of womanhood intertwine strands of the cute with the noble, the ambitious with the decorous, and the feminine with the feminist. Daphne Beal, Marie Claire, "Whitney Wolfe Herd Has Big Plans for Bumble in 2019," 20 Sep. 2018 At every mile there was a small fort guarding a gate. Rick Stevestribune Content Agency, The Seattle Times, "In Europe’s border walls, a divided history and a united future," 11 Sep. 2018 Fort Michilimackinac is an 18th-century fort and trading village on the straits of Mackinac. James Rogers, Fox News, "Colonial era Michigan fort reveals its secrets," 3 July 2018 The purpose of the structures are not clear, but brochs were likely defensive forts or prestigious homes for local rulers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A History Nerd Will Get to Spend the Summer Guiding Visitors Through 4,000 Years of History," 28 Apr. 2018 Dombroski’s parents quickly reported him missing, and after police, locals and Dombroski’s family searched for him, police on Monday found the 19-year-old’s body at the bottom of an empty moat near a colonial-era fort in Bermuda. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Pennsylvania College Student Fell to His Death in Bermuda, Official Says," 22 Mar. 2018 Historic England, another public body, has dispatched aerial reconnaissance teams from bases in York and Swindon to scour the country for Roman villas and prehistoric forts. The Economist, "Dry weather is helping archaeologists discover ancient sites," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of fort

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fort

Middle English forte, from Anglo-French fort, from fort, adjective, strong, from Latin fortis

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English Language Learners Definition of fort

: a strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live


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Kids Definition of fort

: a strong or fortified place

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to enclose within walls

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