From Middle English strong-hold, strong-holde, stranghalde (equivalent to strong + hold), from Middle English strong ("having physical strength, sturdy, strong; built to withstand assaults, fortified") (from Old English strang, strong, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *strengʰ- ("stiff, tight")) + Middle English hōld ("grasp, grip; control, possession, rule") (from Old English).
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