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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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.

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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 The castlelike exterior boasted a large corner buttress and chimney as well as a curvilinear parapet wall. Paula Allen,, "Controversial landmark property near downtown San Antonio didn’t excite preservationists," 10 Aug. 2019 In addition, the planning commission asked for additional stone and/or brick to match or be cohesive with the upscale finishes that The Shoppes at Parma have added to the building, along with added parapet walls to increase its prominence. John Benson,, "Prayers answered in Parma with news Chick-fil-A plans to open Ridge Road location," 27 June 2019 Karl Kraus reminds me of those indomitable little toy automobiles exhibited on trays by their vendors, which strike the parapet, roll over, right themselves, and carry on regardless, as long as their batteries will drive them. Michael Hofmann, The New York Review of Books, "Michael Hofmann," 21 Mar. 2019 The savageness, changefulness and naturalistic detailing that constituted true Gothic architecture crafted the parapets of the Palazzo Priuli and the loggia of the Ca’ d’Oro. Tristram Hunt, WSJ, "Elegy for the Floating City," 25 Jan. 2019 In the Southwest, homes often have completely flat roofs with castle-like parapets lining the perimeter. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Is Spanish Colonial Design? Everything To Know About California's Popular Style," 13 Nov. 2018 Photo: Roger Viollet/Getty Images The practice spread, and in the late 19th century, Paris authorities began letting sellers leave book crates on the riverside parapet overnight for a small fee. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "The Storied Bookstalls of Paris Fight for Survival," 14 Sep. 2018 An early draft of the poem notes how the parapets of the trenches at Cuinchy were built up with corpses. David Yezzi, WSJ, "‘Robert Graves’ Review: A Poet of Love and War," 23 Nov. 2018

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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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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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