- a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification.
- any permanent army post.
- (formerly) a trading post.
- hold the fort,
- to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
- to maintain the existing state of affairs.
Origin of fort
Related Words for fortfortification, camp, station, fastness, castle, garrison, fortress, citadel, acropolis, blockhouse, redoubt
Examples from the Web for fort
Contemporary Examples of fort
And on Nov. 22, 1963, President Kennedy was offered an “Open Road” by the city of Fort Worth, as was its tradition.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
My choice is that it should be required reading by those who run the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Take the case of Herx v. Diocese of Fort Wayne, an employment discrimination suit in the Seventh Circuit.Catholic Church: Religious Freedom Trumps Civil Rights
November 23, 2014
On November 4, the Fort Hall Shoshone-Bannock tribes announced their opposition to Yellowstone delisting.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
The next day the whole raid force piled into a windowless conference room at Fort Campbell.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Historical Examples of fort
His loss before the fort was about one hundred and fifty men.
They were soon after married, and he resigned his command at the fort.
My object then was, to do, what I actually did do the morning I accompanied you to the Fort.
A regiment which had left Fort Colburne was said to be on the road to reinforce them.
Thus the garrison of the fort received a needed reinforcement.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- a fortified enclosure, building, or position able to be defended against an enemy
- hold the fort informal to maintain or guard something temporarily
Word Origin for fort
mid-15c., "fortified place, stronghold," from Middle French fort, from noun use in Old French of fort (adj.) "strong, fortified" (10c.), from Latin fortis "strong, mighty, firm, steadfast," from Old Latin forctus, possibly from PIE root *bheregh- "high, elevated," with derivatives referring to hills and hill-forts (cf. Sanskrit brmhati "strengthens, elevates," Old High German berg "hill;" see barrow (n.2)).
see hold the fort.