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[kren-l-ey-tid] /ˈkrɛn lˌeɪ tɪd/
furnished with crenelations, as a parapet or molding, in the manner of a battlement.
Also, especially British, crenellated.
Origin of crenelated
First recorded in 1815-25; crenelate + -ed2


[kren-l-eyt] /ˈkrɛn lˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), crenelated, crenelating.
to furnish with crenels or battlements.
Also, especially British, crenellate.
1815-25; < French crénel(er) to crenelate (see crenel) + -ate1
Related forms
crenelation; especially British, crenellation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • It is a wall of imposing elevation, crenelated, and perfectly regular.

  • The crenelated battlements were transformed into mere parapets, the chemins de ronde into terraces and hanging gardens.

  • Between the circles the ducks are repeated, facing a shield enriched with rows of the crenelated pattern surmounted by a vine.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • To knot and make the rope secure around the crenelated apex of the tower was but the work of a moment.

    The Red Tavern

    Charles Raymond Macauley
  • Often mists from the Elbe rose mystically to engarland the crenelated castles here and there on the heights.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
Word Origin and History for crenelated

1823, past participle adjective from crenelate.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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