- a large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town; citadel.
- any place of exceptional security; stronghold.
Origin of fortress
Examples from the Web for fortress
After all, we have constructed Fortress America at enormous cost.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat
December 27, 2014
Each of us believes what we choose to believe, and facts have become bricks to shore up the fortress of our own biases.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
On my way back into town, I walked by the fortress of tents surrounding the harbor, readying for the yacht show.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
The ancient Grande Mosque and Kasbah fortress line the main plaza square.Morocco's Secret All-Blue City
August 28, 2014
“Sloviansk is like a fortress; [the Ukrainian Army] will have to destroy it to take it back,” one said.Ukraine Families Flee Into the Forest to Escape Brutal Fighting in Sloviansk
June 10, 2014
Thus the fortress must be taken before a gun or a waggon could move.
No nation can longer be a fortress, lone and strong and safe.
It was like trying to storm a medieval fortress with a popgun.Way of the Lawless
Distant view of the city of Cuzco and of the Sacsahuaman hill, crowned by the fortress.Apu Ollantay
The fortress of the future will probably be in the nature of an intrenched camp.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- a large fort or fortified town
- a place or source of refuge or support
- (tr) to protect with or as if with a fortress
Word Origin and History for fortress
early 14c., from Old French forteresse "strong place" (12c.), variant of fortelesse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + English -ess, a fairly uncommon suffix (duress, largess being other examples), from Latin -itia, forming nouns of quality or condition.