Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fortified place, especially a large, permanent military stronghold that often includes a town.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fortified town or position; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; hence, any place of defense or security.
  • To furnish with a fortress; defend by or as by a fortress; guard; fortify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.
  • transitive verb To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.
  • verb To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.

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

  • noun a fortified defensive structure

Etymologies

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

[Middle English forteress, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

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Old French forteresce, from Medieval Latin

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