bar·​ti·​zan | \ ˈbär-tə-zən How to pronounce bartizan (audio) , ˌbär-tə-ˈzan How to pronounce bartizan (audio) \

Definition of bartizan

: a small structure (such as a turret) projecting from a building and serving especially for lookout or defense

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Your feudal lord did not have a range of mottes, baileys, bartizans, drawbridges, dungeons, machicolations and turrets to choose from. A-LIST, "Stephen Bayley: Why Taste is the Greatest Taboo," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bartizan

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bartizan

alteration of Middle English bretasinge, from bretais parapet — more at brattice

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