Definition of fort in English:



  • 1A fortified building or strategic position.

    ‘the city was guarded by a ring of forts’
    • ‘The mound is surmounted by an old Turkish fort.’
    • ‘There are around 50 hill forts in total in the county.’
    • ‘Archaeologists have identified one of Britain's largest prehistoric hill forts in the North Yorkshire Moors.’
    • ‘Tomas pointed out the promontory forts that are dotted around the area.’
    • ‘The Roman army had hospitals in its frontier forts and along major routes.’
    • ‘Attempts to associate the visit with restructuring and improving the coastal forts of Britain have not survived archaeological scrutiny.’
    • ‘In the 1960s, many of the old coastal forts were turned over to the National Park Service.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, those few who had managed to scramble ashore were sheltering below a ruined Turkish fort.’
    • ‘What's he going to do after he builds the snow fort?’
    • ‘I could construct the very best forts around.’
    • ‘This period saw the establishment of a number of strongly defended forts on strategically placed high points all over the region.’
    • ‘After nearly half an hour, a large stone fort began to form in the horizon.’
    • ‘At the east end is a small promontory fort, probably Iron Age.’
    • ‘Some are like ancient forts, some like old men bowing.’
    • ‘Was this a prehistoric promontory fort, as traces might indicate?’
    • ‘The ship fired a dozen shots at the ancient Spanish fort guarding the capital.’
    • ‘Captured forts and colonies were useful bargaining items at the peace talks.’
    • ‘The port was guarded by strong tower forts at the entrance to the harbour.’
    • ‘Soon he arrived at what appeared to be a very primitive border fort.’
    • ‘The larger auxiliary forts were also provided with smaller hospitals, of which several in Great Britain have been excavated.’
    fortress, castle, citadel, blockhouse, burg, keep, tower, donjon, turret
    stronghold, redoubt, fortification, bastion
    hold, fortalice
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    1. 1.1historical A trading station.
      • ‘A number of other entrepreneurs established permanent trading forts in locations that were known to have mild winter climates.’


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