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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The young man was shot dead Wednesday at nightfall in Hamdallaye, a suburb of Conakry considered to be a stronghold of opposition parties and critics of the junta. Boubacar Diallo, ajc, 2 June 2022 Croix-des-Bouquets, the neighborhood east of Port-au-Prince where Guillén Tatis is believed to have gone missing, is a stronghold of 400 Mawozo, a gang infamous for mass abductions, including of foreigners. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Giorgio Bauco's town was just 32 miles from the Abbey of Montecassino in Italy, thought by Allied forces to be a stronghold for the German army. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 22 Mar. 2022 While New York is a traditional stronghold for Democrats, both Stefanik and Pinion hope Republicans will make inroads this November based on President Biden's low approval rating and the new perspective Pinion can offer. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 10 Mar. 2022 Sure, Daly City is a local stronghold of the cuisine, but with about 100,000 Filipinos living in Alameda County, there’s a ton for locals to eat without crossing the bridge. Serena Dai, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2022 Trump was elected as a Republican, and Alabama is traditionally a stronghold for the party. al, 20 Oct. 2021 The county has swung from a GOP stronghold to reliably Democratic over the past two decades as its population swelled. NBC News, 13 Sep. 2021 The winner faces an uphill battle in the general election as Arkansas remains a stronghold for Republicans. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stronghold

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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