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
Recent Examples on the Web This includes Masada, an ancient fortress and palace built by King Herod the Great, and Qumran, an ancient settlement at the northern end of the Red Sea that's associated with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Date plants grown from 2,000-year-old seeds," 6 Feb. 2020 Researchers have successfully grown dates from 2000-year-old seeds recovered from an ancient fortress and caves in the Middle East. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Dead Sea dates grown from 2000-year-old seeds," 5 Feb. 2020 Her small feet carry her up East Medical Drive, toward the lights of the fortress of healers above the Huron River, besieged, for now, from the inside. Elliott Woods, Wired, "In One Hospital, Finding Humanity in an Inhuman Crisis," 19 Apr. 2020 Keep Up in the Kasbah Walk through the medina and up towards the Kasbah, the walled fortress of the city. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Tangier, Morocco," 20 Mar. 2020 The fall of this 560-foot fortress in four days of gallant Marine fighting was a great thing. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Joe Rosenthal: The photographer behind World War II’s most iconic photo," 19 Feb. 2020 The moss-laden walls make the castle blend into its forested background so the majestic fortress becomes difficult to see. New York Times, "The Winners of Our First-Ever Review Contest for Middle Schoolers," 9 Feb. 2020 The towering ruins of the Aldobrandeschi fortress stand atop a hillside overlooking the village. Douglas Morino, Orange County Register, "The Italian seaside village of Talamone is off the tourist track," 17 June 2017 For more than two decades, the rebels tried in vain to overwhelm the fortress. National Geographic, "Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Greek Citadel," 22 Apr. 2016

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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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16 May 2020

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“Fortress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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