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Definition of stronghold noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an area in which there is a lot of support for a particular belief or group of people, especially a political party a Republican stronghold/a stronghold of Republicanism The Democratic Party retained its traditional stronghold in the northeast. The college is a stronghold of the child-centered approach to teaching.
  2. 2a castle or a place that is strongly built and difficult to attack The castle was an important royal stronghold for hundreds of years. Troops surrounded the mountain stronghold of the guerrillas.
  3. 3an area where there are a large number of a particular type of animal This valley is one of the last strongholds of the Siberian tiger.
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