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 parapet (audio) , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of parapet in a Sentence

The invaders fired arrows over the castle's parapet.
Recent Examples on the Web The project includes work on the expansion joints, approach pavement and parapet transition. Lexi Whitehead, The Enquirer, 6 June 2022 The new bridge will match the look of the one on 68th Street, with more modern piers, a railing and the street name set into the parapet. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Feb. 2022 The new bridge will match the look of the one on 68th Street, with more modern piers, a railing and the street name set into the parapet. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Feb. 2022 At first there wasn’t much to see — just a hunched, gray form perched on the parapet, Batman-style, or a crossbow silhouette spiraling high above. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The new bridge will match the look of the one on 68th Street, with more modern piers, a railing and the street name set into the parapet. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Feb. 2022 The new bridge will match the look of the one on 68th Street, with more modern piers, a railing and the street name set into the parapet. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Feb. 2022 Video footage showed the lawyer falling over a low concrete parapet at the back of the platform at the Judiciary Square station at about 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2013, landing in a trench-like pit eight feet below. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2022 The new bridge will match the look of the one on 68th Street, with more modern piers, a railing and the street name set into the parapet. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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12 Jun 2022

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“Parapet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parapet. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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