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

  • noun A fortified place or a fortress.
  • noun A place of survival or refuge.
  • noun An area dominated or occupied by a special group or distinguished by a special quality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fastness; a fort; a fortified place; a place or position of security: often used figuratively, and formerly as two words.

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

  • noun A fastness; a fort or fortress; fortfield place; a place of security.

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

  • noun A fortress
  • noun A place of refuge, survival or domination by a particular group or idea

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

  • noun a strongly fortified defensive structure


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From strong + hold.


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