verb (used with object), cren·el·at·ed, cren·el·at·ing.

to furnish with crenels or battlements.


Also especially British, cren·el·late.

Origin of crenelate

1815–25; < French crénel(er) to crenelate (see crenel) + -ate1
Related formscren·el·a·tion; especially British, cren·el·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for crenelate

gash, cleave, cut, dent, scratch, chisel, incise, nick, score, jag, mill, mark, crimp, scallop, crenelate

Word Origin and History for crenelate

early 14c., from French créneler, from crénelé (12c.); see crenel. Sometimes also crenellate; the double -l- seems to be from a presumed Latin *crenella as a diminutive of crena. Related: Crenelated (1823), also crenellated; crenellation (1849). Earlier formes of the past participle adjective included carneled.

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