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 fortresslike (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

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Its very orderliness, unrevolutionary nature seems to have won the Velvet Revolution a solid chance of sustaining its success and building a fortress of democracy in a region dominated by antidemocratic regimes. Tom Ball, The New Republic, "How to Stage a Successful Revolution," 1 July 2019 Ironically, a lot of these fortresses in the game are churches. Lily Jackson |,, "Wizards in the Bible Belt: New game poses question of fun versus faith," 29 June 2019 The game also contains battles against werewolves and death eaters (the series’ villains) when a player visits one of the game’s fortresses. Xavierharding, Fortune, "Harry Potter Wizards Unite Casts a Spell to Become 2019's Pokémon Go," 20 June 2019 Then explore the colossal fortress of Sacsayhuaman, site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Spanish conquest. National Geographic, "Peru & the Amazon High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 To depose the son, the opposition had to undermine a fortress state to which many Syrians were loyal, or at least acquiescent. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 The remains of the fortress of Masada are well preserved and have been reconstructed in some parts. Joe Yudin, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Israel," 5 Oct. 2016 Walk atop craggy cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic and visit the ruins of ancient fortresses, castles, and churches to capture a sense of place in your writing or photography. National Geographic, "Ireland High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 People aboard the cruise will also explore Klis Fortress, a medieval fortress that soars high on a rock bluff near Croatia's second-largest city of Split, where the show creators filmed many of the scenes in which Daenerys conquered Meereen. Glamour, "A Game of Thrones Cruise Is Setting Sail in 2020," 28 May 2019

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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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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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