[ kren-l ]
/ ˈkrɛn l /


any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement.
a crenature.

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

Also cre·nelle [kri-nel] /krɪˈnɛl/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crenel

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

    Love-at-Arms|Raphael Sabatini
  • Leaning into a crenel between two square merlons, Simon took a deep breath of the mild spring air.

British Dictionary definitions for crenel


crenelle (krɪˈnɛl)

/ (ˈkrɛnəl) /


any of a set of openings formed in the top of a wall or parapet and having slanting sides, as in a battlement
another name for crenation

Word Origin for crenel

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