for·​tress | \ ˈfȯr-trəs How to pronounce fortress (audio) \

Definition of fortress

: a fortified place : stronghold especially : a large and permanent fortification sometimes including a town

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fortresslike \ ˈfȯr-​trəs-​līk How to pronounce fortress (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fortress in a Sentence

the boys built a snow fortress and then challenged the neighborhood kids to an in-your-face snowball fight
Recent Examples on the Web But that fortress was more easily penetrable last year as Salt Lake went just 3-4-3. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Some takeaways from RSL’s 2021 schedule release," 24 Mar. 2021 That was before payments apps like Paypal, before Bitcoin, and before Facebook proposed Libra, now called Diem, which promises a form of private currency designed to remain within the walls of its vast digital fortress. Gregory Barber, Wired, "As Digital Currency’s Popularity Rises, So Do Privacy Fears," 16 Mar. 2021 Build a near-cash fortress to protect yourself from another downturn. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "Stimulus check spending: Here’s what you should do first, second, third with the extra money," 16 Mar. 2021 With her sword raised but defeat certain, the title character in composer Pavlos Carrer's 1875 opera chooses death over captivity, detonating ammunition stored in a fortress as Ottoman forces close in. Derek Gatopoulos And Thanassis Stavrakis, Star Tribune, "AP PHOTOS: Greek bicentennial show goes on despite pandemic," 14 Mar. 2021 For more than 16 months, a stream of trucks has quietly hauled treasures from the museum’s central Paris basement, and other sites, to the Louvre Conservation Center, a fortress of culture set up in the town of Liévin, near Lens. New York Times, "A New, Safe Home for the Louvre’s Unseen Treasures," 12 Feb. 2021 Absent any new threat against the Capitol, many lawmakers see the troops, along with fencing topped with razor wire, as an overreaction that’s turning Capitol Hill into an armed fortress akin to a war zone. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "People losing trust in the US military, Reagan Institute poll finds," 11 Mar. 2021 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday accused Mrs. Pelosi of trying to turn the Capitol into a fortress and criticized Gen. Honoré for being partisan. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Capitol Riot Task Force Urges More Police, Retractable Fencing for Security," 9 Mar. 2021 Concrete barriers around government buildings and high fencing topped with razor wire have transformed downtown into a fortress and blocked off one of the most popular sites for large demonstrations. New York Times, "First Challenge in George Floyd Murder Trial: Finding an Impartial Jury," 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fortress

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fortress

Middle English forteresse, from Anglo-French fortelesce, forteresse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong

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The first known use of fortress was in the 14th century

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“Fortress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fortress

: a place that is protected against attack : a fortified place


for·​tress | \ ˈfȯr-trəs How to pronounce fortress (audio) \

Kids Definition of fortress

: a place that is protected against attack

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