cheval-de-frise


che·val–de–frise

noun \shə-ˌval-də-ˈfrēz\
plural che·vaux–de–frise \shə-ˌvō-\

Definition of CHEVAL-DE-FRISE

1
:  a defense consisting typically of a timber or an iron barrel covered with projecting spikes and often strung with barbed wire
2
:  a protecting line (as of spikes) on top of a wall —usually used in plural

Origin of CHEVAL-DE-FRISE

French, literally, horse from Friesland
First Known Use: 1668

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: chevaleresque
Previous Word in the Dictionary: chevaine
All Words Near: cheval-de-frise

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up cheval-de-frise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).