Origin of fortressMiddle English forteresse from Old French from Vulgar Latin an unverified form fortaricia from Classical Latin fortis, strong: see fort
Edinburgh Castle is a fortress.
An example of a fortress is a wall made out of stone that protects a city.
Origin of fortressMiddle English forteress from Old French from Medieval Latin fortalitia from Latin fortis strong ; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fortresses, present participle fortressing, simple past and past participle fortressed)
Old French forteresce, from Medieval Latin
- She ran outside the walls of the fortress into the forest.
- He led her through a fortress too ancient for her to date, its blackened walls and well-worn stones massive and thick.
- We've taken steps for my home not to look like a fortress, but believe me, it is.
- He never expected to see the blue sky again or the trees around the fortress, let alone sip sweet tea and nibble on berry scones.
- The black fortress and dark skies made her heart drop to her feet.