stronghold

[strawng-hohld, strong-]

noun

a well-fortified place; fortress.
a place that serves as the center of a group, as of militants or of persons holding a controversial viewpoint: The campus was a stronghold of liberalism.

Nearby words

  1. strong-willed,
  2. strongbark,
  3. strongbox,
  4. stronger,
  5. strongest,
  6. strongly,
  7. strongman,
  8. strongpoint,
  9. strongroom,
  10. strongsville

Origin of stronghold

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at strong, hold1

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British Dictionary definitions for stronghold

stronghold

noun

a defensible place; fortress
a major centre or area of predominance

Word Origin for stronghold

C15: from strong + hold 1 (in the archaic sense: a fortified place)

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Word Origin and History for stronghold

stronghold

n.

early 15c., from strong (adj.) + hold (n.) "fortified place, refuge."

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