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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fortress mean? 

  The noun FORTRESS has 1 sense:

1. a fortified defensive structure

  Familiarity information: FORTRESS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A fortified defensive structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


fortress; fort

Hypernyms ("fortress" is a kind of...):

defence; defense; defensive structure (a structure used to defend against attack)

Meronyms (parts of "fortress"):

battlement; crenelation; crenellation (a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fortress"):

alcazar (any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors)

martello tower (a circular masonry fort for coastal defence)

presidio (a fortress established in the southwestern United States by the Spanish in order to protect their missions and other holdings)

Instance hyponyms:

Alhambra (a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages)

Bastille (a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution)

Tower of London (a fortress in London on the Thames; used as a palace and a state prison and now as a museum containing the crown jewels)

Machu Picchu (Inca fortress city in the Andes in Peru discovered in 1911; it may have been built in the 15th century)

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