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

  • n. Archaic A defensive structure or position; a fortress.
  • n. Archaic A small fort.

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  • n. A small fortress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small outwork of a fortification; a fortilage; -- called also fortelace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small fort, or a small outwork of a fortification.


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

Middle English, from Medieval Latin fortalitia; see fortress.

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From mediaeval Latin fortalitia, from fortis ‘strong’.


  • Matters had been fitly arranged by John Trumble and young Gledstanes in the quaint old fortalice of Hundelshope — now long passed away.

    Mr. Gladstone

  • Part of this venerable building dates back to the time of the first crusade, when Hugo de Capus built a fortalice in the centre of the estate, which had been granted to him by the Red King.


  • Two or three miserable huts, at the foot of the fortalice, held the bondsmen and tenants of the feuar.

    The Monastery

  • A mysterious terror was thus attached to the dale, which afforded access from the broad valley of the Tweed, up the little glen we have described, to the fortalice called the Tower of Glendearg.

    The Monastery

  • The bridge-keeper, who was the dependant of a neighbouring baron, resided with his family in the second and third stories of the tower, which, when both drawbridges were raised, formed an insulated fortalice in the midst of the river.

    The Monastery

  • The monk accordingly began with devotion to tell his beads, in pursuance of the prescribed rule of his order, and was not again disturbed by any wanderings of the imagination, until he found himself beneath the little fortalice of Glendearg.

    The Monastery

  • The monks repaired their ravaged shrines — the feuar again roofed his small fortalice which the enemy had ruined — the poor labourer rebuilt his cottage — an easy task, where a few sods, stones, and some pieces of wood from the next copse, furnished all the materials necessary.

    The Monastery

  • It was at the sight of this little fortalice that the misery of her lot pressed hard on the poor Lady of Avenel.

    The Monastery

  • The roar of the sea had long announced their approach to the cliffs, on the summit of which, like the nest of some sea-eagle, the founder of the fortalice had perched his eyrie.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • “A goodly fortalice, indeed,” said the smith, looking at the broad winding Tay, as it swept under the bank on which the castle stood, like its modern successor, and seemed the queen of the valley, although, on the opposite side of the river, the strong walls of Elcho appeared to dispute the pre-eminence.

    The Fair Maid of Perth


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