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fort Syllabification: fort

Definition of fort in English:


1A fortified building or strategic position.
Example sentences
  • This period saw the establishment of a number of strongly defended forts on strategically placed high points all over the region.
  • In the 1960s, many of the old coastal forts were turned over to the National Park Service.
  • Archaeologists have identified one of Britain's largest prehistoric hill forts in the North Yorkshire Moors.
fortress, castle, citadel, blockhouse, stronghold, redoubt, fortification, bastion;
1.1A permanent army post.
Example sentences
  • Army forts and posts, crucial to the defense and settlement of the frontier, dominated the region's social and economic life.
  • The former Army coastal defense fort, built in 1942, sits in second-growth forest about two miles north of Coupeville.
  • A Pakistani army fort stands where the young Winston Churchill shot down rebels.
1.2 historical A trading post.
[So named because such establishments were originally fortified]
Example sentences
  • A number of other entrepreneurs established permanent trading forts in locations that were known to have mild winter climates.


hold the fort
see hold1.


Late Middle English: from Old French fort or Italian forte, from Latin fortis 'strong'.

  • forge from Middle English:

    In early use, to forge meant not only to work metal but also had the general sense ‘make, construct’. The word comes from Latin fabricare ‘to fabricate’, from fabrica ‘manufactured object, workshop’ source of fabric. The sense ‘make a fraudulent imitation’ arose early in the word's history. Forge as in forge ahead is a different word. It was first used of ships and may be a variant of force (Middle English) which comes from Latin fortis ‘strong’, source also of fort (Late Middle English).

Words that rhyme with fort

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