[ kren-l ]
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  1. any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement.

  2. a crenature.

verb (used with object),cren·eled, cren·el·ing or (especially British) cren·elled, cren·el·ling.

Origin of crenel

1475–85; earlier creneul, crennel<Middle French, Old French, apparently diminutive of cren notch (attested since the 15th century), Old French cran, of uncertain origin; cf. crenate, cranny
  • Also cre·nelle [kri-nel]. /krɪˈnɛl/.

Words Nearby crenel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crenel in a sentence

  • Leaning into a crenel between two square merlons, Simon took a deep breath of the mild spring air.

  • And, turning aside, she motioned Gonzaga to the crenel she abandoned.

    Love-at-Arms | Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for crenel


crenelle (krɪˈnɛl)

/ (ˈkrɛnəl) /

  1. any of a set of openings formed in the top of a wall or parapet and having slanting sides, as in a battlement

  2. another name for crenation

Origin of crenel

C15: from Old French, literally: a little notch, from cren notch, from Late Latin crēna

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