crenelle

crenel

[kren-l]
noun
1.
any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement. See illus. under battlement.
2.
a crenature.
verb (used with object), creneled, creneling or (especially British) crenelled, crenelling.
3.
Also, crenelle [kri-nel] .


Origin:
1475–85; earlier creneul, crennel < Middle French, Old French, apparently diminutive of cren notch (attested since the 15th century), Old French cran, of uncertain origin; cf. crenate, cranny

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crenel or crenelle (ˈkrɛnəl, krɪˈnɛl)
 
n
1.  any of a set of openings formed in the top of a wall or parapet and having slanting sides, as in a battlement
2.  another name for crenation
 
[C15: from Old French, literally: a little notch, from cren notch, from Late Latin crēna]
 
crenelle or crenelle
 
n
 
[C15: from Old French, literally: a little notch, from cren notch, from Late Latin crēna]

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crenel
"open space on an embattlement," early 14c., from O.Fr. crenel (12c.), apparently a dim. of cren "notch" (see cranny).
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