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barbette

[ bahr-bet ]
/ bɑrˈbɛt /
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noun
(within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
Navy. an armored cylinder for protecting the lower part of a turret on a warship.
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Origin of barbette

1765–75; <French, equivalent to barbebeard + -ette-ette, probably from the general metaphorical use of barbe for something which protrudes or faces outward

Other definitions for barbette (2 of 2)

Barbette
[ bahr-bet ]
/ bɑrˈbɛt /

noun
a female given name, form of Barbara.
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British Dictionary definitions for barbette

barbette
/ (bɑːˈbɛt) /

noun
(formerly) an earthen platform inside a parapet, from which heavy guns could fire over the top
an armoured cylinder below a turret on a warship that protects the revolving structure and foundation of the turret

Word Origin for barbette

C18: from French, diminutive of barbe a nun's barb 1, from a fancied similarity between the earthwork around a cannon and this part of a nun's habit
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