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[bahr-tuh-zuh n, bahr-tuh-zan] /ˈbɑr tə zən, ˌbɑr təˈzæn/
noun, Architecture.
a small overhanging turret on a wall or tower.
Origin of bartizan
1325-75; Middle English alteration of bertisene, misspelling of bretising, variant of bratticing. See brattice, -ing1
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[bahr-tuh-zuh nd, bahr-tuh-zand] /ˈbɑr tə zənd, ˌbɑr təˈzænd/ (Show IPA),
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  • bartizan, an overhanging wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of ancient fortifications.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Some brooding spirit of the past might have been peering out at them from the watchman's wicket in the bartizan above.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • The next he was upon the beam, dragging himself toward the window of the bartizan just above.

  • According to an old print, it terminated with a large battlement, and bartizan towers at the angles.

British Dictionary definitions for bartizan


/ˈbɑːtɪzən; ˌbɑːtɪˈzæn/
a small turret projecting from a wall, parapet, or tower
Derived Forms
bartizaned (ˈbɑːtɪzənd; ˌbɑːtɪˈzænd) adjective
Word Origin
C19: variant of bertisene, erroneously for bretising, from bretasce parapet; see brattice
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