[ fawr-tris ]
/ ˈfɔr trɪs /


a large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town; citadel.
any place of exceptional security; stronghold.

Origin of fortress

1300–50; Middle English forteresse < Old French < Vulgar Latin *fortaricia (compare Medieval Latin fortalitia), equivalent to Latin fort(is) strong + -ar-, formative of uncertain meaning +-icia -ice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fortress


/ (ˈfɔːtrɪs) /


a large fort or fortified town
a place or source of refuge or support


(tr) to protect with or as if with a fortress

Word Origin for fortress

C13: from Old French forteresse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong
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