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fortress

[fawr-tris] /ˈfɔr trɪs/
noun
1.
a large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town; citadel.
2.
any place of exceptional security; stronghold.
Origin
1300-1350
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
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British Dictionary definitions for fortress

fortress

/ˈfɔːtrɪs/
noun
1.
a large fort or fortified town
2.
a place or source of refuge or support
verb
3.
(transitive) to protect with or as if with a fortress
Word Origin
C13: from Old French forteresse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong
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Word Origin and History for fortress
n.

early 14c., from Old French forteresse "strong place" (12c.), variant of fortelesse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + English -ess, a fairly uncommon suffix (duress, largess being other examples), from Latin -itia, forming nouns of quality or condition.

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