[ fawrt, fohrt ]
/ fɔrt, foʊrt /
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.
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Idioms for fort
- to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
- to maintain the existing state of affairs.
hold the fort,
Origin of fort
First recorded in 1550–60; from Middle French, noun use of adjective fort “strong,” from Latin fortis “strong, tough, hardy”
Definition for fort (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for fort
/ (fɔːt) /
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
C15: from Old French, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis
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Idioms and Phrases with fort
see hold the fort.
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