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or (especially British) crenellate

[kren-l-eyt] /ˈkrɛn lˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), crenelated, crenelating.
to furnish with crenels or battlements.
Origin of crenelate
1815-25; < French crénel(er) to crenelate (see crenel) + -ate1
Related forms
crenelation; especially British, crenellation, noun


or (especially British) crenellated

[kren-l-ey-tid] /ˈkrɛn lˌeɪ tɪd/
furnished with crenelations, as a parapet or molding, in the manner of a battlement.
1815-25; crenelate + -ed2 Unabridged
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  • In form it resembles a large farm yard, entirely walled in and crenellated.

    Notes in North Africa W. G. Windham
  • It is proposed to connect it by a crenellated wall with the main work.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • The crenellated gable parapet rises from a string course with five sculptured masks, and has plain shields on its battlements.

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

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • The massive walls are crenellated and supported by stout square buttresses.

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

  • Curiously, too, there were remains of an outhouse with a crenellated parapet, suggestive enough of a castle.

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

  • A crenellated Moorish fortification rises up dreamily at one point, but finding itself out of date, abruptly subsides again.

    Spanish Vistas George Parsons Lathrop
  • 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


having battlements
(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.



1823, past participle adjective from crenelate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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