/fawr"tris/, n.
1. a large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town; citadel.
2. any place of exceptional security; stronghold.
[1300-50; ME forteresse < OF < VL *fortaricia (cf. ML fortalitia), equiv. to L fort(is) strong + -ar-, formative of uncertain meaning + -icia -ICE]

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