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parapet

[ par-uh-pit, -pet ]
/ ˈpær ə pɪt, -ˌpɛt /
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noun

Fortification.
  1. a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.
  2. an elevation raised above the main wall or rampart of a permanent fortification.
any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.

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Origin of parapet

1575–85; <Italian parapetto, equivalent to para-para-2 + petto chest, breast <Latin pectus

OTHER WORDS FROM parapet

par·a·pet·ed, adjectivepar·a·pet·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parapet

parapet
/ (ˈpærəpɪt, -ˌpɛt) /

noun

a low wall or railing along the edge of a balcony, roof, etc
Also called: breastwork a rampart, mound of sandbags, bank, etc, in front of a trench, giving protection from fire from the front

Word Origin for parapet

C16: from Italian parapetto, literally: chest-high wall, from para- ² + petto, from Latin pectus breast
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