mer·​lon | \ ˈmər-lən How to pronounce merlon (audio) \

Definition of merlon

: 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, "Saba is stealthy Italian that might surprise traditionalists," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of merlon

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for merlon

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

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“Merlon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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