- (in a battlement) the solid part between two crenels.
Origin of merlon
Examples from the Web for merlons
Then unfolding the letter, he read it, leaning against one of the merlons of the wall.Love-at-Arms
The parapets were of sand or soft earth, unprovided with merlons.Pictures of Southern Life
William Howard Russell
From between the merlons stones and arrows leaped as an impetuous answer.Snnica
Vicente Blasco Ibez
It filled expeditiously, and the battery was soon erected, the merlons being framed of logs and filled with earth.Franklin's Autobiography
The feature of piercing the merlons of the battlements for the discharge of arrows is exemplified here, as in the castle.The Motor Routes of England
- fortifications the solid upright section in a crenellated battlement
Word Origin and History for merlons
"solid part of a battlement," 1704, from French merlon (17c.), from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo "battlement," perhaps a contraction of mergola, diminutive of Latin mergae "two-pronged pitchfork."