parapet

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noun par·a·pet \ˈper-ə-pət, -ˌpet, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of parapet

  1. 1 :  a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth or stone to protect soldiers The invaders fired arrows over the castle's parapet.

  2. 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

play \ˈper-ə-ˌpe-təd, ˈpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of parapet in a sentence

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

Illustration of parapet

Origin and Etymology of parapet

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


First Known Use: 1590

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PARAPET Defined for English Language Learners

parapet

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noun par·a·pet \ˈper-ə-pət, -ˌpet, ˈpa-rə-\

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

  2. 2 :  a wall of earth or stone to protect soldiers



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