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crenelate

[kren-l-eyt]
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verb (used with object), cren·el·at·ed, cren·el·at·ing.
  1. to furnish with crenels or battlements.
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adjective
  1. crenelated.
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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
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Word Origin and History for crenelate

v.

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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