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 The parapet at the rooftop will incorporate four stars, one at each corner, imitating the original building, Henderson said. al, "Ensley’s tallest building coming down, new one to follow," 1 Oct. 2020 For centuries, travelers seeking a way with words have climbed to the top of a medieval castle, leaned backward over a hole in the parapet, and planted a kiss on a hunk of limestone known as the Blarney Stone. Zoe Baillargeon, National Geographic, "Will people ever touch these iconic tourist attractions again?," 10 Sep. 2020 New Land is proposing a 69-foot, six-inch building with a two-foot parapet. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two apartment developments, totaling more than than 200 units, are proposed for S. 5th Street in Walker's Point," 31 Aug. 2020 Leading from the driveway to the front entrance is a showpiece — a long, curving brick walk and stairs with low brick piers and low parapet walls. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Builder's posh $3.47M family home in Bloomfield Hills holds surprises underground," 29 Aug. 2020 The infusion of cash is targeted to offset what the company is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic: a plunge worse than Gaston's off the parapet of the Beast's castle. Bill Carter, CNN, "Disney needs credit, and has earned it," 16 Apr. 2020 Ivan Molchanets peeked over a parapet of sand bags at the front line of the war in Ukraine. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "The Cost of Trump’s Aid Freeze in the Trenches of Ukraine’s War," 24 Oct. 2019 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

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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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9 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parapet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parapet

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


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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