variants or foss
: ditch, moat

Examples of fosse in a Sentence

the first line of defense is a water-filled fosse that enemy troops would have to cross

Word History


Middle English fosse, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin fossa "ditch, trench," noun derivative from feminine of fossus, past participle of fodere "to jab, dig" — more at fossil entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fosse was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near fosse

Cite this Entry

“Fosse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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