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crenelated

[kren-l-ey-tid]
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adjective
  1. furnished with crenelations, as a parapet or molding, in the manner of a battlement.
Also especially British, cren·el·lat·ed.

Origin of crenelated

First recorded in 1815–25; crenelate + -ed2

crenelate

[kren-l-eyt]
verb (used with object), cren·el·at·ed, cren·el·at·ing.
  1. to furnish with crenels or battlements.
adjective
  1. crenelated.
Also especially British, cren·el·late.

Origin of crenelate

1815–25; < French crénel(er) to crenelate (see crenel) + -ate1
Related formscren·el·a·tion; especially British, cren·el·la·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for crenelated

Historical Examples

  • The walls are of brick, 22 feet high, and crenelated at the top, where they are 3-1/2 feet broad.

    Siam

    George B. Bacon

  • The third and outer wall was a crenelated breastwork on the other side of a fosse, of a width of 60 feet.

  • On the north side are two ranges of crenelated walls and three round towers.

    The Spell of Switzerland

    Nathan Haskell Dole

  • The house was built in the usual Moorish style; with crenelated walls, flanking towers, and dome-shaped roofs.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa

    R. B. Cunninghame Graham

  • The wind moaned about the crenelated turrets; sentinels of the Pisans stood everywhere, alert for ambush.

    The Hill of Venus

    Nathan Gallizier


Word Origin and History for crenelated

adj.

1823, past participle adjective from crenelate.

crenelate

v.

early 14c., from French créneler, from crénelé (12c.); see crenel. Sometimes also crenellate; the double -l- seems to be from a presumed Latin *crenella as a diminutive of crena. Related: Crenelated (1823), also crenellated; crenellation (1849). Earlier formes of the past participle adjective included carneled.

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