- The definition of a fort is a building that has been protected, often because of its military importance.
An example of a fort is a protected building where arms are stored and where guards are posted.
An old fort in Puerto Rico.
- an enclosed place or fortified building for military defense, equipped as with earthworks, guns, etc.
- ☆ a permanent army post, as distinguished from a temporary camp
Origin of fortMiddle English forte, origin, originally adjective , strong ; from Classical Latin fortis ; from Old Latin forctus ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhereĝh-, high, elevated from source Sanskrit bṁhati, (it) strengthens, elevates, Old High German berg, hill
hold the fort☆
- to make a defensive stand
- Informal to keep things in operation; remain on duty, etc.
- A fortified place or position stationed with troops.
- A permanent army post.
Origin of fortMiddle English, strength, stronghold, from Old French, strong, strength, from Latin fortis; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French fort (adjective use is of Old French).