[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.

Nearby words

  1. battledore placenta,
  2. battledress,
  3. battlefield,
  4. battlefront,
  5. battleground,
  6. battlements,
  7. battlepiece,
  8. battleplane,
  9. battleship,
  10. battleship gray

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

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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.

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