Definition of bartizan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbärdəzən/


An overhanging corner turret at the top of a castle or church tower.
Example sentences
  • The impressive exterior features divided stone windows and bartizans with carved rams or flowers.
  • It has corbie-stepped gables with two round bartizans and a caphouse which crowns the stair.
  • There are two bartizans on opposite corners of the tower which have holes for muskets.


Early 19th century: from 17th-century bertisene, Scots variant of bratticing 'temporary breastwork or parapet', from brattice; revived and reinterpreted by Sir Walter Scott.

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Syllabification: bar·ti·zan

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