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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
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Examples from the Web for crenellated
Historical Examples
  • It is proposed to connect it by a crenellated wall with the main work.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • This inclosure is protected by crenellated walls and surrounded by a moat.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • But I stayed not to look at these, nor at the long sweep of the enclosure, crenellated and pavilioned.

  • In order to avoid crossing the centre of the town, they followed the crenellated wall by an almost deserted road.

  • Within an easy half-days ride from X. lie the cliffs of Chipipi, rising in crenellated tiers from the winding river at their base.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • It is not crenellated, but has similar stone gabling and somewhat smaller windows.

    Edge Hill Edwin Walford
  • In form it resembles a large farm yard, entirely walled in and crenellated.

    Notes in North Africa W. G. Windham
  • The massive walls are crenellated and supported by stout square buttresses.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • Curiously, too, there were remains of an outhouse with a crenellated parapet, suggestive enough of a castle.

  • A crenellated squat gateway faced me with a carved shield of stone above the open gloom.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for crenellated


having battlements
(of a moulding, etc) having square indentations
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Word Origin and History for crenellated



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.



1823, past participle adjective from crenelate.

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