bar·​bette bär-ˈbet How to pronounce barbette (audio)
: a mound of earth or a protected platform from which guns fire over a parapet
: an armored structure protecting a gun turret on a warship

Examples of barbette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Divers will place the urn containing Bruner's ashes inside the well of the barbette on gun turret No. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 7 Dec. 2019

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Word History


French, diminutive of barbe headdress

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of barbette was in 1772

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“Barbette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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