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

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US crenelate

verb (tr)

to supply with battlements
to form square indentations in (a moulding, etc)
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



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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