fortress

[fawr-tris]
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:
1300–50; 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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fortress (ˈfɔːtrɪs)
 
n
1.  a large fort or fortified town
2.  a place or source of refuge or support
 
vb
3.  (tr) to protect with or as if with a fortress
 
[C13: from Old French forteresse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong]

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fortress
early 14c., from O.Fr. forteresse "strong place," variant of fortelesse, from M.L. fortalitia, from L. fortis "strong" + Eng. -ess, a fairly uncommon suffix (duress, largess being other examples), from L. -itia, forming nouns of quality or condition.
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Excavation revealed a giant limestone cavern beneath the fortress.
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