\ 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

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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


\ ˈfȯrt How to pronounce fort (audio) \

Kids Definition of fort

: a strong or fortified place

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