[ bat-l-muhnt ]
/ ˈbæt l mənt /
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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 battlementbat·tle·ment·ed [bat-l-men-tid], /ˈbæt lˌmɛn tɪd/, adjective
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How to use battlement in a sentence
While the ghost of default stalks the battlements, he dithers and spouts soliloquies.To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment|Joe McLean|October 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Underneath the broad terrace, from which troops could defend the battlements, stood a row of storerooms and go-downs.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The walls of the castle are wonderfully complete, every tower and turret retaining its old-time battlements.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
The pleasant green hills gave place to imprisoning mesas, with red sides that looked like battlements.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
He scrambled back to the road and walked onward a little faster, until the battlements of Lagash came in sight.Insidekick|Jesse Franklin Bone
They are composed of free-stone, are flanked at regular distances with square towers, and surmounted with battlements.
British Dictionary definitions for battlement
/ (ˈbætəlmənt) /
a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
Derived forms of battlementbattlemented, adjective
Word Origin for battlement
C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataille battle
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