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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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  • The repairs of the fortalice, which had been already commenced, had put the means of defence into their hands.

    True Stories of Girl Heroines Evelyn Everett-Green
  • But the Baron at breakfast said never a word of the domestic economy of his fortalice.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Huntly Castle, half a mile to the north, now in ruins, was once a fortalice of the Comyns.

  • 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
  • Two or three miserable huts, at the foot of the fortalice, held the bondsmen and tenants of the feuar.

    The Monastery Sir Walter Scott
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • At Trecastle there is an important mound, at one time crowned with a fortalice.

  • 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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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