[ fawrt, fohrt ]
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  1. a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification.

  2. any permanent army post.

  1. (formerly) a trading post.

Idioms about fort

  1. hold the fort,

    • to defend one's position against attack or criticism.

    • to maintain the existing state of affairs.

Origin of fort

First recorded in 1550–60; from Middle French, noun use of adjective fort “strong,” from Latin fortis “strong, tough, hardy”

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Other definitions for fort. (2 of 2)


  1. fortification.

  2. fortified. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for fort


/ (fɔːt) /

  1. a fortified enclosure, building, or position able to be defended against an enemy

  2. hold the fort informal to maintain or guard something temporarily

Origin of fort

C15: from Old French, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis

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Other Idioms and Phrases with fort


see hold the fort.

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