\ 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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Experts believe the Norwalk Indians used the fort in the mid-1600s to trade goods with the Dutch. Dave Collins, The Seattle Times, "Archaeologists dig Native American fort found in Connecticut," 28 Aug. 2018 Gase might be able to do something truly extraordinary given the time to build an offense around Jackson while Tannehill theoretically holds down the fort. 12. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft: Mystery still remains throughout 2018 first round," 25 Apr. 2018 The boys set up a little fort on the floor and slept next to her. Jami Svay As Told To Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "I Adopted My Niece After My Brother-In-Law Died In a Car Accident," 2 May 2019 Some of them build a snow fort on the lawn while others construct sledding jumps. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How I Started Making Snow and Turned My Place Into a Ski Resort," 19 Feb. 2019 Buffalo Soldiers In 1913, a fort in the Huachuca Mountains of southeastern Arizona became home to the Army's 10th Cavalry, one of two African-American cavalry units Native Americans referred to as Buffalo Soldiers. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015 There is still only one narrow waterway into Cartagena, guarded by a fort on each side. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Megan, Sam the Red, Dr. Jay, and I—are holding down the fort here for the back half of the week. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Ars Christmas downtime special: four movies retold as medieval tales," 26 Dec. 2018 Saints head coach Sean Payton never had to worry about Drew Brees' right flank with the massive 6-7, 310-pound Strief holding down the fort. Jeff Duncan,, "Literally, figuratively, the Saints are losing a giant in Zach Strief," 12 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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The first known use of fort was in the 15th century

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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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