parapet

noun
par·​a·​pet | \ ˈper-ə-pət How to pronounce parapet (audio) , -ˌpet, ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of parapet

1 : a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth or stone to protect soldiers The invaders fired arrows over the castle's parapet.
2 : a low wall or railing to protect the edge of a platform, roof, or bridge

called also parapet wall

The visitor peered over the parapet with binoculars.

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Other Words from parapet

parapeted \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌpe-​təd How to pronounce parapeted (audio) , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of parapet in a Sentence

The invaders fired arrows over the castle's parapet.
Recent Examples on the Web Emerging like a weirdly solid specter from behind a stone parapet, her stillness is accentuated by the way her arms hang decorously down at her side, by the sharp clarity of her costume and by Leonardo’s subtle idealizing of her features. Washington Post, "Quiet, please. At the Louvre’s ‘Léonard de Vinci’ exhibition, you’re in the presence of genius.," 29 Oct. 2019 Harold’s Chicken Shack While 70% of the city seems to be pledging fealty to the gleaming white parapets on the edge of Scottsdale, another quick service chain of yore with an equally dedicated subculture is busy raising a ruckus in south Phoenix. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 Often behind a parapet of drums, Baker's Mephistophelean stage presence, combined with his remarkably tasteful drumming, elevated the rock drummer from faceless metronome to percussive demigod. cleveland, "Ginger Baker, rock drumming legend of Cream, dies at 80," 6 Oct. 2019 Willis Tower tops out at 1,451 feet at its parapet — for all practical purposes, the roof. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Willis Tower topped by N.Y. skyscraper for unofficial title of highest roof in North America," 31 July 2019 While 70% of the city seems to be pledging fealty to the gleaming white parapets on the edge of Scottsdale, another quick service chain of yore with an equally dedicated subculture is busy raising a ruckus in south Phoenix. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Harold's Chicken Shack is a Chicago icon. Here's what to try at the first Arizona location," 20 Nov. 2019 Police on the parapets fired rubber bullets to drive the crowd back. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong Plunges Deeper into Crisis as Protests Break Out for the Third Consecutive Day," 6 Oct. 2019 Smaller but well-suited to the outdoors are two of Dalya Luttwak’s painted metal vines, which crawl on the parapet above the plaza. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 Petrified wood gas station Lamar 501 N. Main St. Built in 1932 at 501 N. Main St., this still-standing landmark was constructed with rock-like logs framing the front service bay, doorway, window and stepped parapet. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of parapet

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parapet

borrowed from Middle French & Italian; Middle French parapete, parapet, borrowed from Italian parapetto, from para "(it) shields, protects" (3rd singular present of parare "to prepare, adorn, avert, shield") + petto "breast, chest," going back to Latin pector-, pectus — more at parry, pectoral entry 2

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The first known use of parapet was in 1590

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parapet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parapet. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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parapet

noun
How to pronounce parapet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of parapet

: a low wall at the edge of a platform, roof, or bridge

parapet

noun
par·​a·​pet | \ ˈper-ə-pət How to pronounce parapet (audio) , -ˌpet \

Kids Definition of parapet

1 : a low wall or fence at the edge of a platform, roof, or bridge
2 : a wall of earth or stone to protect soldiers

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