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 Holmesb : 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
The area is a Republican stronghold.
The rebels retreated to their mountain stronghold.
the last stronghold of the endangered deer
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Warrington is a commuter town and Labour stronghold between Liverpool and Manchester.
Tuesday's attack comes as Iraqi troops are slowing pushing IS fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul.
Most eagerly Pryor, the Confederate partisan speaking in a Northern, albeit Democratic stronghold, delivered a full-throated condemnation of Reconstruction.
There are concerns that civilians in the last IS strongholds are prevented from leaving and could be subjected to retaliatory measures by the militant groups.
Two strongholds, Narva Castle and the Russian Ivangorod fortress, face each other across the river, according to the Narva city website.
Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat.
But many remained skeptical that even Sisi, a former general, could stop Islamic State’s advance from strongholds in the northern Sinai toward the capital.
By then, eastern Aleppo had become a rebel stronghold.
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Definition of stronghold for English Language Learners
: 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
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