a small fort; an outwork.
Archaic. a fortress.

Origin of fortalice

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fortalitia, fortalitium, derivative of Latin fortis strong. See fortress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fortalice

Historical Examples of fortalice

  • But the Baron at breakfast said never a word of the domestic economy of his fortalice.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • At Trecastle there is an important mound, at one time crowned with a fortalice.

  • There are no remains of the castle of Naast, said to have been a fortalice of Vikings.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

  • 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

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

British Dictionary definitions for fortalice



a small fort or outwork of a fortification

Word Origin for fortalice

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