AskDefine | Define stronghold

Dictionary Definition

stronghold n : a strongly fortified defensive structure [syn: fastness]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A fortress
  2. A place of refuge, survival or domination by a particular group or idea
    • The last stronghold of the Cornish language



Extensive Definition

A stronghold is a strongly fortified defensive structure. The history of fortified buildings extends from antiquity to modern times. In Celtic Europe an example of a stronghold is the Hill fort, a large structure, with walls made of wooden stakes, and built on a steep hill. In medieval Europe, the castle was the most common type of stronghold and often the residence of the king or territorial lord. The Maginot Line is an example of a 20th century stronghold.

See also

stronghold in Macedonian: Крепост
stronghold in Dutch: Burcht (kasteel)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acropolis, asylum, bastion, beachhead, bird sanctuary, blockhouse, bridgehead, bulwark, bunker, castle, citadel, donjon, fasthold, fastness, forest preserve, fort, fortification, fortress, game preserve, game sanctuary, garrison, garrison house, harbor, harbor of refuge, harborage, haven, hold, keep, martello, martello tower, mote, motte, peel, peel tower, pillbox, port, post, preserve, rath, redoubt, refuge, safe haven, safehold, sanctuary, snug harbor, strong point, tower, tower of strength, ward
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