mer·​lon ˈmər-lən How to pronounce merlon (audio)
: any of the solid intervals between crenellations of a battlement see battlement illustration

Examples of merlon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conversely, an arresting-looking romaine salad, dressed with za'atar yogurt and served in a bowl with Parmesan crisps lining the edge like merlons atop a castle wall, is oddly underseasoned. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, 31 May 2018

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Word History


French, from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo battlement, from Medieval Latin merulus, from Latin, merle

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of merlon was circa 1704

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“Merlon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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