cren·​el | \ ˈkrenᵊl\
variants: or less commonly crenelle \ krə̇ˈnel \
plural -s

Definition of crenel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the embrasures alternating with merlons in a battlement
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creneled or crenelled; creneled or crenelled; creneling or crenelling\ ˈkren(ᵊ)liŋ \; crenels

Definition of crenel (Entry 2 of 2)

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History and Etymology for crenel


Middle French crenel, from Old French, diminutive of cren notch, from crener to notch, from Medieval Latin crenare, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin crinare to split, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish criathar sieve; akin to Greek krinein to separate

Transitive verb

French créneler, from Old French creneler, from crenel

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