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  • According to a user from Nigeria, the name Fortress is of Hebrew origin and means "My strong hold".
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noun For"tress
A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.

Usage: A fortress is constructed for military purposes only, and is permanently garrisoned; a fortification is built to defend harbors, cities, etc.; a castle is a fortress of early times which was ordinarily a palatial dwelling; a citadel is the stronghold of a fortress or city, etc.

Etymology: F. forteresse, OF. forteresce fortelesce, LL. foralitia, fr. L. fortis strong. See Fort, and cf. Fortalice

verb For"tress
To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.
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  1. A fortified defensive structure

Early 14 c., from Old French forteresce, forteresse, forterece (“strong place, fortification”) [from 12th c.], variant of fortelesse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin strong (see fort) +‎ -itia, added to adjectives to form nouns of quality or condition. French -ess, from Latin -itia is also in words such as duress, largesse and riches. For change of medial -l- to -r- in Old French, compare orne (“elm”) from ulmus; chartre from cartula and chapitre from capitulum.

  1. A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.
  2. (chess) A position that, if obtained by the weaker side, will prevent penetration by the opposing side, generally achieving a draw.

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Fun Facts about the name Fortress

  • When was the first name Fortress first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Fortress is Thursday, April 11th, 1907.
  • How unique is the name Fortress? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Fortress. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Fortress: Your name in reverse order is Ssertrof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otsfesrr. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Fortress born Sep 11, 1986

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Germany approximately on 1775. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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