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

noun Architecture.

a small overhanging turret on a wall or tower.

Nearby words

  1. bartholomew, saint,
  2. barthou,
  3. barthou, louis,
  4. barthé,
  5. bartica,
  6. bartlesville,
  7. bartlett,
  8. bartlett's familiar quotations,
  9. bartlett, john,
  10. bartlett, josiah

Origin of bartizan

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

Related formsbar·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 Formsbartizaned (ˈbɑːtɪzənd, ˌbɑːtɪˈzænd), adjective

Word Origin for bartizan

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

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