bat·​tle·​ment | \ ˈba-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce battlement (audio) \

Definition of battlement

: a parapet with open spaces that surmounts a wall and is used for defense or decoration

Illustration of battlement

Illustration of battlement

battlement: 1 crenellations, 2 merlons, 3 machicolations

Other Words from battlement

battlemented \ ˈba-​tᵊl-​ˌmen-​təd How to pronounce battlement (audio) \ adjective

Examples of battlement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the narrator’s hands, cliché becomes a kind of battlement, fencing off the keep where his characters have taken shelter. Robert Rubsam, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 The police later found an orange rope tied to a flagpole outside, which the fleeing thieves may have used to clamber down a 10-foot brick battlement wall, part of the original city fortifications, from the garden to the path below. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2021 Tudor Revival borrows many elements from medieval design such as twisted chimney stacks, battlements, stained glass, and leaded windows. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2017 In one of the stories Garrone adapts, a handsome king on the battlements of his castle hears a beautiful female voice from the houses of the poor below. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 9 May 2019 Nearby, a pair of pitchers depict agonizing scenes from the Trojan Wars: Achilles dragging Hector; Priam anguished on the battlements; Achilles hit in the heel. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2018 On the island of Ischia, near Naples, stands a fortress, a formidable set of battlements and turrets that seem to shoot out of sheer rock, with a vertiginous drop to the sea below. Sarah Dunant, New York Times, 1 June 2018 The modernist genius took the few remaining elements of the medieval fortress—which used to be a Roman defense tower—and devised a new castle with battlements and straight lines that are not very common in its style. Virginia Irurita, Town & Country, 5 Oct. 2016 Covering the central nave are superb 14th-century frescoes whose delicacy is all the more striking because of the rugged battlements surrounding them. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of battlement

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for battlement

Middle English batelment, from Anglo-French *bataillement, from batailler to fortify with battlements — more at battle

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bat·​tle·​ment | \ ˈba-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce battlement (audio) \

Kids Definition of battlement

: a low wall (as at the top of a castle) with openings to shoot through


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