from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fortified place or position stationed with troops.
  • n. A permanent army post.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fortified defensive structure stationed with troops
  • n. Any permanent army post

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong or fortified place; usually, a small fortified place, occupied only by troops, surrounded with a ditch, rampart, and parapet, or with palisades, stockades, or other means of defense; a fortification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Strong.
  • Tipsy.
  • n. A strong place of defense; a fortified building or inclosure; especially, an armed place for a garrison, provided with defensive works, for the protection of a town, harbor, frontier, or other point against the approach or passage of hostile forces.
  • n. A trading-post among the North American Indians, whether fortified or not.
  • n. Same as forte, 1.
  • To occupy a fort.
  • An abbreviation of fortification.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense
  • n. a fortified defensive structure
  • v. enclose by or as if by a fortification
  • n. a fortified military post where troops are stationed
  • v. station (troops) in a fort


Middle English, strength, stronghold, from Old French, strong, strength, from Latin fortis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French fort (adjective use is of Old French). (Wiktionary)


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