Definition of fort in English:

fort

noun

  • 1A fortified building or strategic position:

    ‘the city was guarded by a ring of forts’
    • ‘Tomas pointed out the promontory forts that are dotted around the area.’
    • ‘This period saw the establishment of a number of strongly defended forts on strategically placed high points all over the region.’
    • ‘Was this a prehistoric promontory fort, as traces might indicate?’
    • ‘Attempts to associate the visit with restructuring and improving the coastal forts of Britain have not survived archaeological scrutiny.’
    • ‘Soon he arrived at what appeared to be a very primitive border fort.’
    • ‘Archaeologists have identified one of Britain's largest prehistoric hill forts in the North Yorkshire Moors.’
    • ‘There are around 50 hill forts in total in the county.’
    • ‘At the east end is a small promontory fort, probably Iron Age.’
    • ‘What's he going to do after he builds the snow fort?’
    • ‘The mound is surmounted by an old Turkish fort.’
    • ‘Some are like ancient forts, some like old men bowing.’
    • ‘The Roman army had hospitals in its frontier forts and along major routes.’
    • ‘After nearly half an hour, a large stone fort began to form in the horizon.’
    • ‘I could construct the very best forts around.’
    • ‘The ship fired a dozen shots at the ancient Spanish fort guarding the capital.’
    • ‘The port was guarded by strong tower forts at the entrance to the harbour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Captured forts and colonies were useful bargaining items at the peace talks.’
    • ‘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
    fastness
    alcazar
    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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

fort

/fɔːt/