[bat-l-muh nt]


Often battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation.

Origin of battlement

1275–1325; Middle English batelment < Middle French bataille battlement; see -ment
Also called embattlement.
Related formsbat·tle·ment·ed [bat-l-men-tid] /ˈbæt lˌmɛn tɪd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for battlement

Historical Examples of battlement

  • She bent over the battlement, stooped her face towards me, and kissed me on the mouth.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Moat and battlement grimace but faintly from behind their ornaments.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • We lean on the battlement, long since dismantled, and gaze beneath us.

  • For that we must go to the Castle ruin that crowns Lewes as with a battlement.

  • Upon a knoll was a small square building with a battlement round it.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for battlement



a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
Derived Formsbattlemented, adjective

Word Origin for battlement

C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataille battle
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Word Origin and History for battlement

early 14c., from Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement "fortification," from bastillier "to fortify, to equip with battlements," from bastille "fortress, tower" (see bastion). The raised parts are cops or merlons; the indentations are embrasures or crenelles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper