Meaning of “fortress” in the English Dictionary

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"fortress" in British English

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fortressnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɔː.trəs/ us /ˈfɔːr.trəs/

Examples from literature

  • Around the fortress are seven circular mounds, which at first suggest the idea of being the work of mound-builders. 
  • Have we destroyed the fleets of our enemies, fired their towns, and laid their fortresses in ruins? 
  • The fortress is separated from the town by a small bay, across which a wooden bridge has been built. 
  • The sultan immediately dispatched an army of two hundred thousand men to the relief of his beleaguered fortress. 
  • Yet at this moment the great fortress and arsenal lay at their mercy. 

(Definition of “fortress” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fortress" in American English

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fortressnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɔr·trəs/

a large, strong building or group of buildings that can be defended from attack

(Definition of “fortress” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)