\ ˈfȯrt How to pronounce fort (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The fort was on the west side near the West Branch of the Rocky River. cleveland, "Reality mobile game uses local spot to catch creatures: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 15 Jan. 2021 The latter is associated with the nearby national park that was once an Army post — and before that a Spanish fort established by the colonizers. John King,, "San Francisco school names targeted for change range from divisive to obscure," 16 Oct. 2020 There was a sleeping loft for me that was like a paradise fort. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Ethan Hawke Was Shaped by His Mom’s Independence," 6 Oct. 2020 Despite having several first-time starters, FAU’s defense was stout and held down the fort for significant stretches of the game after the Owls went scoreless in the first half. Khobi Price,, "FAU’s Willie Taggart happy with second-half improvements in season opener, but feels more can be made," 5 Oct. 2020 Each bullpen – Atlanta used eight pitchers in total – held the fort until Freeman plated rookie Cristian Pache with the winning run. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Freddie Freeman gives Braves walk-off win vs. Reds, ending longest scoreless game in MLB postseason history," 30 Sep. 2020 Stay in a large log home with a treehouse fort, playground, horseshoe pit, zip line and tire swing on a 120-acre property with a half mile of river frontage in Trail. oregonlive, "Escape to a treehouse for an elevated vacation getaway, say tiny house experts," 15 Jan. 2021 An officer found a fort while checking the cemetery at 2:38 p.m. Jan. 12. cleveland, "Reality mobile game uses local spot to catch creatures: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 15 Jan. 2021 They were taken by these Afghan and Uzbeks to a fort called Qala-i-Jangi. CBS News, "Former CIA officer talks about first U.S. casualty in Afghanistan on anniversary of Mike Spann's death," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of fort was in the 15th century

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3 Feb 2021

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“Fort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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