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n. Archaic
A small defensive structure or position; a small fort.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin fortalitia; see fortress.]
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(Fortifications) a small fort or outwork of a fortification
[C15: from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong; see fortress]
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(ˈfɔr tl ɪs)

1. a small fort.
2. Archaic. a fortress.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fortalitia, fortalitium, derivative of Latin fortis strong]
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Part of this venerable building dates back to the time of the first crusade, when Hugo de Capus built a fortalice in the centre of the estate, which had been granted to him by the Red King.
``Thou seest, Sir Friar, yon herd of Saxon swine, who have dared to environ this castle of Torquilstone Tell them whatever thou hast a mind of the weakness of this fortalice, or aught else that can detain them before it for twenty-four hours.
Again, in Arles and Nimes, and other towns that I could name, there are the great arches and fortalices still standing which were built of old by giant men who came from the south.
It's a wonderful place, described as a 'fortalice' in 1415, though it looks more like a prime setting for Wuthering Heights.
I was a team member when the idea was incepted for Pakistan's first Budgeted Hotel Chain in 2006 with the name of Fortalice and later the name changed to Hotel One..