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battlement

[bat-l-muh nt]
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noun
  1. Often battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation.
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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
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fortificationescarpmentbastionramparttowerbalustradeembattlement

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British Dictionary definitions for battlements

battlement

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

Word Origin

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

battlement

n.

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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