battlement

[ bat-l-muhnt ]
/ ˈbæt l mənt /

noun

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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Also called embattlement.

Origin of battlement

1275–1325; Middle English batelment<Middle French bataille battlement; see -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM battlement

bat·tle·ment·ed [bat-l-men-tid], /ˈbæt lˌmɛn tɪd/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for battlement

battlement
/ (ˈbætəlmənt) /

noun

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

Derived forms of battlement

battlemented, adjective

Word Origin for battlement

C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataille battle
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