- any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement.
- a crenature.
- to crenelate.
Also cre·nelle [kri-nel] /krɪˈnɛl/.
Origin of crenel
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Examples from the Web for crenel
- any of a set of openings formed in the top of a wall or parapet and having slanting sides, as in a battlement
- another name for crenation
C15: from Old French, literally: a little notch, from cren notch, from Late Latin crēna
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Word Origin and History for crenel
"open space on an embattlement," early 14c., from Old French crenel (12c.), apparently a diminutive of cren "notch" (see cranny).
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