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  1. furnished with crenelations, as a parapet or molding, in the manner of a battlement.
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Also especially British, cren·el·lat·ed.

Origin of crenelated

First recorded in 1815–25; crenelate + -ed2


verb (used with object), cren·el·at·ed, cren·el·at·ing.
  1. to furnish with crenels or battlements.
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  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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Examples from the Web for crenellated

Historical Examples

  • It is proposed to connect it by a crenellated wall with the main work.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger

  • This inclosure is protected by crenellated walls and surrounded by a moat.


    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • But I stayed not to look at these, nor at the long sweep of the enclosure, crenellated and pavilioned.

  • In order to avoid crossing the centre of the town, they followed the crenellated wall by an almost deserted road.

  • Within an easy half-days ride from X. lie the cliffs of Chipipi, rising in crenellated tiers from the winding river at their base.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for crenellated


US crenelated

  1. having battlements
  2. (of a moulding, etc) having square indentations
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Word Origin and History for crenellated



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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1823, past participle adjective from crenelate.

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