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fort

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Pronunciation: /fɔːt
 
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Definition of fort in English:

noun

1A fortified building or strategic position: the city was guarded by a ring of forts
More 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.
Synonyms
stronghold, redoubt, fortification, bastion;
fastness;
in Spainalcazar
rare hold, fortalice
1.1 historical A trading station.
[so named because such stations were originally fortified]
Example sentences
  • A number of other entrepreneurs established permanent trading forts in locations that were known to have mild winter climates.

Origin

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

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  • 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).

Derivatives

fortlet

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Forts were supplemented by fortlets and towers and eventually by linear barriers.
  • The Roman military pendant is extremely important, as it has come from a Roman soldier based at the Roman fortlet and is identical to ones found at North Shields Roman fort.
  • A Roman fortlet was located by excavation in 1977 on the small plateau at the west end of Seabegs Wood.

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