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crenelate

[kren-l-eyt]
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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Historical Examples of crenellate

  • In medieval times no one could “crenellate” a building without special licence from his supreme lord.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6

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  • A licence to crenellate mansum infra manerium suum was granted by Edward II.


British Dictionary definitions for crenellate

crenellate

US crenelate

verb (tr)
  1. to supply with battlements
  2. to form square indentations in (a moulding, etc)
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Derived Formscrenellation or US crenelation, noun

Word Origin for crenellate

C19: from Old French creneler, from crenel
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Word Origin and History for crenellate

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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