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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.
1275-1325; Middle English batelment < Middle French bataille battlement; see -ment
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[bat-l-men-tid] /ˈbæt lˌmɛn tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for battlement
  • Take the spiral staircase to the roof of the battlement tower for an incomparable view of city.
  • The towers rise in five sections from the base, at ground level, with battlement pillars.
  • Curiosity a place to live, a battlement, a universe.
  • The tower's second story has a stone-carved bay window topped by a battlement which also marks the tower's roof line.
British Dictionary definitions for battlement


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 battlement

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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battlement 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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