\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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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 Fortnite Battle Royale - Mobile Reveal Trailer Time Here's one way to ask out a potential prom date: Build her a digital fort. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Teens are using 'Fortnite' to ask out prom dates," 17 Apr. 2018 News that the Elysée Palace has ordered a pricey new dinner service, and is building a swimming pool at the presidential summer fort on the Mediterranean coast, were gifts to his opponents. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low," 12 July 2018 My tummy was entirely happy as the Raipur family’s food has been renowned through seven generations for lavish food (the old kitchens are cavernous at Monty’s fort in the village) and the vegetables are fresh from the bagh, or garden. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 The childless French president came face-to-face with teen insouciance at the Mont Valérien fort outside of Paris, a memorial for French Resistance fighters who died in World War II. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Emmanuel Macron Finally Got to Play Father to a Bratty Teen," 19 June 2018 Developing a campus at the fort would lure thinkers and dreamers as well. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018 The unnamed junior high student was gathered with his classmates as President Emmanuel Macron attended a ceremony on the 78th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's call to resist the Nazis at the Mont Valerian fort near Paris. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "French President Emmanuel Macron chastises teen in viral video," 19 June 2018 Dombroski, of Media, was found near the base of a 35-foot cliff at a historic fort in the British island territory. William Bender,, "Autopsy: St. Joe's rugby player died from fall in Bermuda, no foul play suspected," 22 Mar. 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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Phrases Related to fort

hold down the fort

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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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