fort

noun
\ 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 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 In South Africa, the family focused on Nelson Mandela, visiting the former prison and military fort Constitution Hill, which has been turned into a history museum on the country's journey to democracy. Leanne Italie, USA TODAY, "Resorts to RV parks: Families take school year on the road for 'schoolcations'," 1 Oct. 2020 In South Africa, the family focused on Nelson Mandela, visiting the former prison and military fort Constitution Hill, which has been turned into a history museum on the country's journey to democracy. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Roadschooling? Parents take school year on the road during coronavirus pandemic," 30 Sep. 2020 But fort patterns from the 16th century can only go so far in the modern era. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Medieval Star Forts Are Surprisingly Alive and Well in North Africa," 31 Dec. 2020 Garianonum was in fact a Roman fort that is still standing. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Why Britain’s Brexit Mayhem Was Worth It," 24 Dec. 2020 During the war, the Union Army built a fort across from Grassland called Fort Gaines. Washington Post, "Loughboro Road NW is named for the man who had it built in the early 1800s," 19 Dec. 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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fort. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for fort

fort

noun
How to pronounce fort (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fort

: a strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live

fort

noun
\ ˈfȯrt How to pronounce fort (audio) \

Kids Definition of fort

: a strong or fortified place

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