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[bat-l-muh nt] /ˈbæt l mənt/
Often, battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation.
Also called embattlement.
Origin of battlement
1275-1325; Middle English batelment < Middle French bataille battlement; see -ment
Related forms
[bat-l-men-tid] /ˈbæt lˌmɛn tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for battlements
  • The park has extensive battlements, grave markers and monuments.
  • The ancient walls of the city are largely intact and offer sweeping views over the sea from their battlements.
  • It comes complete with battlements and a well-guarded entrance.
  • Stone castles rise from nearby heights, sprouting towers and battlements.
  • She wears a mural crown, that is, a crown whose rim is carved in the form of towers and battlements.
  • Nearby, mud-brick battlements hide the encampments of rebellious tribal sheikhs, some with their own artillery pieces.
  • It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, our army and our navy.
  • Still, crossing over the old drawbridge and walking around the ancient stone battlements gives you a great sense of history.
  • The square is bounded on one end by a mighty palace, all sharp stone lines and squared-off battlements.
  • In another, scores of children from a city under siege leap off the battlements of the castle in which they've been imprisoned.
British Dictionary definitions for battlements


a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
Derived Forms
battlemented, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataillebattle
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Word Origin and History for battlements



early 14c., from Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement "fortification," from bastillier "to fortify, to equip with battlements," from bastille "fortress, tower" (see bastion). The raised parts are cops or merlons; the indentations are embrasures or crenelles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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battlements in the Bible

a parapet wall or balustrade surrounding the flat roofs of the houses, required to be built by a special law (Deut. 22:8). In Jer. 5:10, it denotes the parapet of a city wall.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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