- any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement.
- a crenature.
- to crenelate.
Also cre·nelle [kri-nel] /krɪˈnɛl/.
Origin of crenel
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Related Words for crenelincision, indentation, impression, sink, cut, cavity, scratch, pit, hollow, crater, nick, score, trough, dimple, dint, notch, dip, furrow, scallop, crenel
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Historical Examples of crenel
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"open space on an embattlement," early 14c., from Old French crenel (12c.), apparently a diminutive of cren "notch" (see cranny).
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