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[fawr-tl-is] /ˈfɔr tl ɪs/
a small fort; an outwork.
Archaic. a fortress.
Origin of fortalice
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fortalitia, fortalitium, derivative of Latin fortis strong. See fortress Unabridged
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  • But the Baron at breakfast said never a word of the domestic economy of his fortalice.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • At Trecastle there is an important mound, at one time crowned with a fortalice.

  • There are no remains of the castle of Naast, said to have been a fortalice of Vikings.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • And yet I cannot think that any Scottish or French rovers could land in such force as to beleaguer the fortalice.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Another shed was built just under the fortalice, on the lake side, for the safe housing of the live stock.

    The Norsemen in the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was preparing to break a sulky sentinel or two when all the ground of his fortalice was a very network of loaded mines!

    The Secret Glory Arthur Machen
  • Cathbarr's tower was too small to serve him as a fortalice, for it was barely large enough to shelter the eleven axmen.

    Nuala O'Malley

    H. Bedford-Jones
  • The rest of the apartment was used as the living and sleeping room of the followers, and hinds, of the fortalice.

    Both Sides the Border

    G. A. Henty
  • About noon the air grew clearer, and Capri reared her fortalice of sculptured rock, aërially azure, into liquid ether.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • You see an old square-built tower, or fortalice, raising its grey head from among the tall trees that now surround it.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
British Dictionary definitions for fortalice


a small fort or outwork of a fortification
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong; see fortress
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