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stronghold

[strawng-hohld, strong-]
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noun
  1. a well-fortified place; fortress.
  2. 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.
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Origin of stronghold

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

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1, 2. bulwark, bastion. 2. home, refuge.
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bastiongarrisonfortressredoubtbulwarkfortificationkeepfastnesscastlefortcitadelpresidio

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British Dictionary definitions for stronghold

stronghold

noun
  1. a defensible place; fortress
  2. a major centre or area of predominance
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Word Origin

C15: from strong + hold 1 (in the archaic sense: a fortified place)
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Word Origin and History for stronghold

n.

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

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