[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

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Historical Examples of battlements

  • Here, also, men have climbed up to walls and battlements—but to what far dizzier heights!

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

  • Those cages projected from the battlements of a massive, cut-stone wall.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • A general discharge of their fire-arms was directed against the defenders upon the battlements.

  • American sentries were at once placed on the battlements and along the Pasig, and perfect order was maintained.

    The Philippine Islands

    Ramon Reyes Lala

  • If those I-told-you-so's got their desert they would long ago have been pitched over the battlements.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

    Thomas De Witt Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for battlements



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 battlements



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