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[bat-l-muh nt] /ˈbæt l mənt/
Often, battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation.
Also called embattlement.
Origin of battlement
1275-1325; Middle English batelment < Middle French bataille battlement; see -ment
Related forms
[bat-l-men-tid] /ˈbæt lˌmɛn tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • She bent over the battlement, stooped her face towards me, and kissed me on the mouth.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Moat and battlement grimace but faintly from behind their ornaments.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • We lean on the battlement, long since dismantled, and gaze beneath us.

  • For that we must go to the Castle ruin that crowns Lewes as with a battlement.

  • The end of the machine was raised and pointed over the battlement.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Upon a knoll was a small square building with a battlement round it.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • No one save a guard at the gate and another on the battlement.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Gervaise leant on the battlement and looked with admiration at the scene beyond.

  • Stephen leaned on the battlement pondering what he would say.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Then he flung out his arms on the battlement, and his head on his arms.

    Long Will Florence Converse
British Dictionary definitions for battlement


a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
Derived Forms
battlemented, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataillebattle
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Word Origin and History for battlement

early 14c., from Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement "fortification," from bastillier "to fortify, to equip with battlements," from bastille "fortress, tower" (see bastion). The raised parts are cops or merlons; the indentations are embrasures or crenelles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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