cren·​el·​la·​tion | \ ˌkre-nə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce crenellation (audio) \
variants: or less commonly crenelation

Definition of crenellation

2 : any of the embrasures alternating with merlons in a battlement — see battlement illustration

Examples of crenellation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each receptor, ingenious in its design, recognized some characteristic microbial or viral signature—a kink in a virus’s RNA, a crenellation in a microbial cell wall. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 It is ornamented with decorative elements the Nabateans borrowed from their Greek, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian trading partners—images of Castor and Pollux, for example, just beside an Assyrian stepped crenellation. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 The spires and crenellations of the midtown buildings had taken on a Gothic cast in the gloom. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of crenellation

circa 1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for crenellation

crenellate "to furnish with crenellations" + -ation — more at crenellated

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The first known use of crenellation was circa 1838

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8 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crenellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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