stronghold

noun
strong·​hold | \ ˈstrȯŋ-ˌhōld How to pronounce stronghold (audio) \

Definition of stronghold

1 : a fortified place
2a : a place of security or survival one of the last strongholds of the ancient Gaelic language— George Holmes
b : a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic a Republican stronghold strongholds of snobbery— Lionel Trilling

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Examples of stronghold in a Sentence

The area is a Republican stronghold. The rebels retreated to their mountain stronghold. the last stronghold of the endangered deer
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Recent Examples on the Web One target for intervention could be Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold that contains most of Atlanta. Ben Nadler And Jeff Amy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Georgia’s new GOP election explained: What it does and doesn't do," 4 Apr. 2021 That provision is widely seen as something that could be used to target Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold covering most of Atlanta, which came under fire after long lines plagued summertime primary elections. Tim Darnell, ajc, "President Biden calls new Georgia voting law ‘Jim Crow in the 21st century’," 26 Mar. 2021 That provision is widely seen as something that could be used to target Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold covering most of Atlanta, which came under fire after long lines plagued primary elections over the summer. Ben Nadler, USA TODAY, "Georgia lawmakers pass sweeping GOP election reform bill with mail voting restrictions," 26 Mar. 2021 One target for intervention could be Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold that contains most of Atlanta. Ben Nadler And Jeff Amy, chicagotribune.com, "What does Georgia’s new GOP-sponsored election law do?," 26 Mar. 2021 Trump flipped a trio of South Texas counties in Vela’s district that went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, including Jim Wells County, a longtime Democratic stronghold where Trump won nearly 55 percent of the vote. Benjamin Wermund, San Antonio Express-News, "Rep. Filemón Vela of South Texas to retire in 2022," 22 Mar. 2021 Arizona Republicans have subpoenaed November’s ballots and vote tabulation equipment in Maricopa County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Phoenix. Michael Wines, BostonGlobe.com, "After record turnout, Republicans are trying to make it harder to vote," 30 Jan. 2021 Arizona Republicans have subpoenaed November’s ballots and vote tabulation equipment in Maricopa County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Phoenix. New York Times, "After Record Turnout, Republicans Are Trying to Make It Harder to Vote," 30 Jan. 2021 Biden earned 7 million votes more than Trump and flipped five states, including Georgia, which was once considered a Republican stronghold. Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Says ‘Time to Turn the Page’ After Electoral College Win," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stronghold

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stronghold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stronghold. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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stronghold

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stronghold

: an area where most people have the same beliefs, values, etc. : an area dominated by a particular group
: a protected place where the members of a military group stay and can defend themselves against attacks
: an area where a particular type of uncommon animal can still be found

stronghold

noun
strong·​hold | \ ˈstrȯŋ-ˌhōld How to pronounce stronghold (audio) \

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