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

     

    stronghold

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈstrɒŋhəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrɔːŋhoʊld//
     
     
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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 Labour Party retained its traditional stronghold in the north. The college is a stronghold of the child-centred 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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