ma·​chic·​o·​la·​tion mə-ˌchi-kə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce machicolation (audio)
: an opening between the corbels of a projecting parapet or in the floor of a gallery or roof of a portal for discharging missiles upon assailants below see battlement illustration
: a gallery or parapet containing such openings
: construction imitating medieval machicolation
machicolated adjective

Examples of machicolation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your feudal lord did not have a range of mottes, baileys, bartizans, drawbridges, dungeons, machicolations and turrets to choose from. A-LIST, 2 Oct. 2017

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Word History


Medieval Latin machicolare to furnish with machicolations, from Middle French machicoller, from machicoleis machicolation, from macher to crush + col neck, from Latin collum — more at collar

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of machicolation was in 1773

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“Machicolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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