parapet

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noun par·a·pet \ ˈper-ə-pət , -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.

parapeted

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Examples of parapet in a Sentence

  1. The invaders fired arrows over the castle's parapet.

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Origin and Etymology of parapet

Italian parapetto, from parare to shield (from Latin, to prepare) + petto chest, from Latin pectus — more at pare, pectoral

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PARAPET Defined for English Language Learners

parapet

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Definition of parapet for English Language Learners

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


PARAPET Defined for Kids

parapet

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noun par·a·pet \ ˈper-ə-pət , -ˌpet \

Definition of parapet for Students

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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