noun \ˈpa-rə-pət, -ˌpet\

: a low wall at the edge of a platform, roof, or bridge

Full Definition of PARAPET

:  a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth or stone to protect soldiers
:  a low wall or railing to protect the edge of a platform, roof, or bridge —called also parapet wall
par·a·pet·ed \-ˌpe-təd\ adjective

Examples of PARAPET

  1. The invaders fired arrows over the castle's parapet.

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Origin of PARAPET

Italian parapetto, from parare to shield (from Latin, to prepare) + petto chest, from Latin pectus — more at pare, pectoral
First Known Use: 1590

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, pilaster, plinth


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