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[bahr-tuh-zuh n, bahr-tuh-zan] /ˈbɑr tə zən, ˌbɑr təˈzæn/
noun, Architecture.
a small overhanging turret on a wall or tower.
Origin of bartizan
1325-75; Middle English alteration of bertisene, misspelling of bretising, variant of bratticing. See brattice, -ing1
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[bahr-tuh-zuh nd, bahr-tuh-zand] /ˈbɑr tə zənd, ˌbɑr təˈzænd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • According to an old print, it terminated with a large battlement, and bartizan towers at the angles.

  • The next he was upon the beam, dragging himself toward the window of the bartizan just above.

  • bartizan, an overhanging wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of ancient fortifications.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Some brooding spirit of the past might have been peering out at them from the watchman's wicket in the bartizan above.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for bartizan


/ˈbɑːtɪzən; ˌbɑːtɪˈzæn/
a small turret projecting from a wall, parapet, or tower
Derived Forms
bartizaned (ˈbɑːtɪzənd; ˌbɑːtɪˈzænd) adjective
Word Origin
C19: variant of bertisene, erroneously for bretising, from bretasce parapet; see brattice
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