Definition of fortress noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtrəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtrəs//
Historic buildings
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a building or place that has been made stronger and protected against attack a fortress town enclosed by four miles of ramparts Fear of terrorist attack has turned the conference centre into a fortress. See related entries: Historic buildings Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French forteresse ‘strong place’, based on Latin fortis ‘strong’.Extra examples The fortress fell after a nine-day siege. They took refuge in the fortress. The medieval fortress town is enclosed by four miles of ramparts.
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