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

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Where to Refuel Between Sips At the northern end of the Mosel River, head up to Burg Landshut, the ruin of a former hill fort from the 4th century. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "When in Germany, Drink Riesling," 4 Sep. 2018 From atop a makeshift fort high above the Hudson River, a young woman aimed a cannon at a mass of Hession soldiers swarming up the steep, rocky slopes and fired. Cristina Corbin, Fox News, "Where is Margaret Corbin? Hunt on for Revolutionary War hero's grave," 5 July 2018 There’s also the fact that setting up a tarp is just plain fun—like creating a pillow fort in your living room, only with waterproof, indestructible pillows and with the whole backcountry as your playground. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Don't Underestimate the Humble $12 Tarp," 2 May 2018 Since that May, Ulysses S. Grant laid costly siege to the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, a strategic Confederate fort on the Mississippi River; by June, there would be 80,000 Union soldiers surrounding that city. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "New York City Would Really Rather Not Talk About Its Slavery-Loving Past," 15 Apr. 2015 Determine the size of your fort and gather and pack your snow mound into a small, rounded hill. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "How to Build a Better Snow Fort," 18 Dec. 2018 Head north to Calle Norzagaray and follow it to the left along the water to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the historic fort that guards the entrance to San Juan harbor. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 With all that activity, small-time Helsinki took off, becoming a boomtown in support of the grand strategic fort. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 John Corbin, a cannoneer, was among 2,900 American soldiers defending the fort from some 9,000 British and Hession troops as General George Washington watched from across the Hudson River. Cristina Corbin, Fox News, "Where is Margaret Corbin? Hunt on for Revolutionary War hero's grave," 5 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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fort

noun

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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