fort

noun
\ ˈfȯrt \

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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Determine the size of your fort and gather and pack your snow mound into a small, rounded hill. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "How to Build a Better Snow Fort," 18 Dec. 2018 Head north to Calle Norzagaray and follow it to the left along the water to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the historic fort that guards the entrance to San Juan harbor. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 With all that activity, small-time Helsinki took off, becoming a boomtown in support of the grand strategic fort. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 John Corbin, a cannoneer, was among 2,900 American soldiers defending the fort from some 9,000 British and Hession troops as General George Washington watched from across the Hudson River. Cristina Corbin, Fox News, "Where is Margaret Corbin? Hunt on for Revolutionary War hero's grave," 5 July 2018 Despite its decrepit shell, the stone fort has some real potential—the exterior wall curves around the island’s shores and look out onto the sea. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This abandoned island fort could be yours for $535K," 11 June 2018 Came said the 43-page brochure added immensely to the appeal of the tour, giving visitors a sense of the fort’s history and some of its famous military inhabitants. Denys Bucksten, chicagotribune.com, "Fort Sheridan home tours reflect the site's long history," 22 May 2018 Beneath the fort lie the remains of the palatial home of one of Rome’s elite families. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral," 30 Nov. 2018 For Zachary’s birthday in May, Jerry acquired massive cardboard box forts on Craigslist. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘The Property’: A family’s getaway cabin defined its dreams, until a tragic Sunday morning," 24 Sep. 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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fort

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fort

: a strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live

fort

noun
\ ˈfȯrt \

Kids Definition of fort

: a strong or fortified place

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