Origin of fortress
Examples from the Web for fortress
After all, we have constructed Fortress America at enormous cost.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each of us believes what we choose to believe, and facts have become bricks to shore up the fortress of our own biases.
On my way back into town, I walked by the fortress of tents surrounding the harbor, readying for the yacht show.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic|Liza Foreman|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ancient Grande Mosque and Kasbah fortress line the main plaza square.
“Sloviansk is like a fortress; [the Ukrainian Army] will have to destroy it to take it back,” one said.Ukraine Families Flee Into the Forest to Escape Brutal Fighting in Sloviansk|Yusuf Sayman|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But on the 2nd of October the fortress, which had been heroically defended, was taken by assault.
The procession arrived at a pillared archway leading underneath the solid walls of the fortress.The Goddess of Atvatabar|William R. Bradshaw
It was understood that many of Von Auffenberg's soldiers, as they fell back, were employed as a garrison for the fortress.
So, you see, if a mole is chased by an enemy, it can nearly always escape by passing through its fortress.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
Prisoner: "I betrayed a fortress intrusted to my guardianship."Told by the Death's Head|Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for fortress
Word Origin for fortress
Word Origin and History for fortress
early 14c., from Old French forteresse "strong place" (12c.), variant of fortelesse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + English -ess, a fairly uncommon suffix (duress, largess being other examples), from Latin -itia, forming nouns of quality or condition.