\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web When Cookie reveals a talent for pastries, King-Lu convinces his new friend to go into business selling tasty treats at the local fort. Darren Franich,, "Nominated for Nothing: First Cow’s West was too wild for the Academy," 20 Apr. 2021 And now the state park is telling their story with new exhibits and a new trail being built north of the fort. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "There's so much more to Sonoma County's Fort Ross than the Russian connection," 10 Apr. 2021 Children enjoy the fort-like appearance of the cave, but the sharp drop-offs beneath the windows make adult supervision a must. Greg Brick, Star Tribune, "Going underground: Minnesota caves, tunnels and mines that you can visit now," 2 Apr. 2021 Twitter fodder will have to hold down the fort until stage talk can return, which doesn’t excite Lussier nearly as much. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Twitter trash talk has taken place of on-stage banter. How Call of Duty pros take to social media to charge up fanbases," 18 Mar. 2021 The fort—which covered more than a quarter of an acre, as Tzin tells Agence France-Presse—is built of basalt boulders and has walls measuring almost five feet thick. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists in Golan Heights Unearth Fort Dated to Time of Biblical King David," 12 Nov. 2020 It was unveiled at Monday’s management committee meeting and also calls for marking the location of the historic mission-fort with surface pavers and landscaping. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Advisory panel breathes new life into Alamo plan; keeps Cenotaph in place, maintains Fiesta access," 30 Mar. 2021 Buried underground in the middle of an open field, roughly a half-mile inland from St. Mary's River, archaeologists have discovered the remains of Maryland's earliest colonial site, a 387-year-old fort that was erected by European settlers in 1634. NBC News, "Archaeologists unearth remains of 387-year-old colonial fort in Maryland," 26 Mar. 2021 Archaeologists had been looking for the fort since the 1930s, The Washington Post reported on Monday. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Archaeologists uncover first Maryland colonial site after decades-long search," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Fort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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