stronghold

noun strong·hold \ ˈstrȯŋ-ˌhōld \
Updated on: 7 May 2018
1 : a fortified place
2 a : 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

Examples of stronghold in a Sentence

  1. The area is a Republican stronghold.

  2. The rebels retreated to their mountain stronghold.

  3. the last stronghold of the endangered deer

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First Known Use of stronghold

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STRONGHOLD Defined for English Language Learners

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 Defined for Kids

stronghold

noun strong·hold \ ˈstrȯŋ-ˌhōld \


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