[ bahr-tuh-zuh n, bahr-tuh-zan ]
/ ˈbɑr tə zən, ˌbɑr təˈzæn /

noun Architecture.

a small overhanging turret on a wall or tower.

Origin of bartizan

1325–75; Middle English alteration of bertisene, misspelling of bretising, variant of bratticing. See brattice, -ing1


bar·ti·zaned [bahr-tuh-zuh nd, bahr-tuh-zand] /ˈbɑr tə zənd, ˌbɑr təˈzænd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bartizan

  • According to an old print, it terminated with a large battlement, and bartizan towers at the angles.

  • The next he was upon the beam, dragging himself toward the window of the bartizan just above.

  • Bartizan, an overhanging wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of ancient fortifications.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Some brooding spirit of the past might have been peering out at them from the watchman's wicket in the bartizan above.

    The White Blackbird|Hudson Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for bartizan

/ (ˈbɑːtɪzən, ˌbɑːtɪˈzæn) /


a small turret projecting from a wall, parapet, or tower

Derived forms of bartizan

bartizaned (ˈbɑːtɪzənd, ˌbɑːtɪˈzænd), adjective

Word Origin for bartizan

C19: variant of bertisene, erroneously for bretising, from bretasce parapet; see brattice
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