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fort

[ fawrt, fohrt ]
/ fɔrt, foʊrt /
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noun
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 about fort

    hold the fort,
    1. to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
    2. 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”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fort

fort , forte (see pronunciation note at forte1)

Other definitions for fort (2 of 2)

fort.

abbreviation
fortification.
fortified.
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British Dictionary definitions for fort

fort
/ (fɔːt) /

noun
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with fort

fort

see hold the fort.

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