bar·​bette | \ bär-ˈbet How to pronounce barbette (audio) \

Definition of barbette

1 : a mound of earth or a protected platform from which guns fire over a parapet
2 : 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, "One of the last survivors of the USS Arizona will be interred on the sunken warship," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of barbette

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barbette

French, diminutive of barbe headdress

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“Barbette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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