• synonyms


[strawng-hohld, strong-]
See more synonyms for stronghold on Thesaurus.com
  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.
Show More

Origin of stronghold

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


See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
1, 2. bulwark, bastion. 2. home, refuge.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for stronghold

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for stronghold


  1. a defensible place; fortress
  2. a major centre or area of predominance
Show More

Word Origin

C15: from strong + hold 1 (in the archaic sense: a fortified place)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stronghold


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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper