Definition of fort in English:



  • 1A fortified building or strategic position.

    ‘the city was guarded by a ring of forts’
    • ‘Archaeologists have identified one of Britain's largest prehistoric hill forts in the North Yorkshire Moors.’
    • ‘I could construct the very best forts around.’
    • ‘In the 1960s, many of the old coastal forts were turned over to the National Park Service.’
    • ‘At the east end is a small promontory fort, probably Iron Age.’
    • ‘Tomas pointed out the promontory forts that are dotted around the area.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, those few who had managed to scramble ashore were sheltering below a ruined Turkish fort.’
    • ‘This period saw the establishment of a number of strongly defended forts on strategically placed high points all over the region.’
    • ‘Captured forts and colonies were useful bargaining items at the peace talks.’
    • ‘After nearly half an hour, a large stone fort began to form in the horizon.’
    • ‘The port was guarded by strong tower forts at the entrance to the harbour.’
    • ‘Was this a prehistoric promontory fort, as traces might indicate?’
    • ‘Some are like ancient forts, some like old men bowing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mound is surmounted by an old Turkish fort.’
    • ‘The ship fired a dozen shots at the ancient Spanish fort guarding the capital.’
    • ‘There are around 50 hill forts in total in the county.’
    • ‘The Roman army had hospitals in its frontier forts and along major routes.’
    • ‘What's he going to do after he builds the snow 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
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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’.