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 mudslide blew out the parapet wall on westbound I-70, ripped the road away on the eastbound interstate and crashed into the Colorado River. NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 As Gonzalez was walking between a parapet wall Mathis had installed for aesthetic reasons and the edge of the roof, Gonzalez slipped and fell to the ground. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 On top of the dam, where sidewalks run along the curving parapet, the views are dominated by four intake towers that protrude from the water. Sophia Eppolito, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 The Granacki study described the 1910 YMCA as a historic brick structure with wood double-hung windows, a projecting metal cornice just below simple brick parapet wall and decorative brick diaper panels between third-story windows. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 11 Aug. 2021 On top of the dam, where sidewalks run along the curving parapet, the views are dominated by four intake towers that protrude from the water. Sophia Eppolito, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 On top of the dam, where sidewalks run along the curving parapet, the views are dominated by four intake towers that protrude from the water. Sophia Eppolito, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 The variances were given to increase the amount of parking from 41 spaces to 58, and to allow a sign that extends above the building’s parapet wall. cleveland, 1 July 2021 Under the code, signs are not permitted to extend above a parapet. cleveland, 1 July 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Parapet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parapet. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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parapet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parapet

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

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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