[strawng-hohld, strong-]


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.

Origin of stronghold

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

Synonyms for stronghold

1, 2. bulwark, bastion. 2. home, refuge. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stronghold



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

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

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