[ fawr-tl-is ]

  1. a small fort; an outwork.

  2. Archaic. a fortress.

Origin of fortalice

1375–1425; late Middle English <Medieval Latin fortalitia, fortalitium, derivative of Latin fortis strong. See fortress

Words Nearby fortalice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fortalice in a sentence

  • Another shed was built just under the fortalice, on the lake side, for the safe housing of the live stock.

    The Norsemen in the West | R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was preparing to break a sulky sentinel or two when all the ground of his fortalice was a very network of loaded mines!

    The Secret Glory | Arthur Machen
  • And yet I cannot think that any Scottish or French rovers could land in such force as to beleaguer the fortalice.

    The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Percy pointed to the small outlying fortalice upon the knoll, on which also flew the flag of the bloody head.

    Sir Nigel | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The short November afternoon was fading into a gusty evening, as Ned Cromarty drew near his fortalice.

    Simon | J. Storer Clouston

British Dictionary definitions for fortalice


/ (ˈfɔːtəlɪs) /

  1. a small fort or outwork of a fortification

Origin of fortalice

C15: from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong; see fortress

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