fort

[fawrt, fohrt]
noun
1.
a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification.
2.
any permanent army post.
3.
(formerly) a trading post.
Idioms
4.
hold the fort,
a.
to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
b.
to maintain the existing state of affairs.

Origin:
1550–60; < Middle French, noun use of adj. fort strong < Latin fortis

fort, forte (see pronunciation note at forte).
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fort.

2.
fortified.
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fort (fɔːt)
 
n
1.  a fortified enclosure, building, or position able to be defended against an enemy
2.  informal hold the fort to maintain or guard something temporarily
 
[C15: from Old French, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis]

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Word Origin & History

fort
1557, from M.Fr. fort, noun use of O.Fr. fort (adj.) "strong, fortified," from L. fortis "strong," from O.Latin forctus, from PIE base *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. Skt. brmhati "strengthens, elevates," O.H.G. berg "hill").
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
fort.
  1. fortification

  2. fortified

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Idioms & Phrases

fort

see hold the fort.

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Example sentences
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It is a play fort built among the trees, so let's split the difference and call it a tree fort.
If any of them were alive today, they would not be happy to see that fighting over everything has started inside the fort.
The dutch expanded the fort thus creating a well old fortified harbour.
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