Definition of battlement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbadlmənt/


(usually battlements)
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1A parapet at the top of a wall, usually of a fort or castle, that has regularly spaced, squared openings for shooting through.
Example sentences
  • Here, you can see stone cannon balls built into the castle walls, defensive battlements and interior living quarters.
  • Set within five acres of orchard and boasting battlements, parapet walkway, Great Hall and thick stone walls, the tower is perched above Crossford in the beautiful Clyde Valley.
  • I sat in the guard barracks in the outer wall of the castle battlements.
castellation, crenellation, parapet, rampart, balustrade, bulwark, wall, bastion, fortification
1.1A section of roof enclosed by this.
Example sentences
  • The roofs even had battlements, were Diago stood now.
  • Then she mounted the battlement and stood atop the roof, raving.



Pronunciation: /ˈbadlmən(t)əd/
Example sentences
  • As a building, Maison Krug disappoints - just a yard, cellar and offices - and I cast envious glances at other champagne houses in Reims, especially Pommery which is a fantastic Disneyland castle with battlemented walls.
  • Almost immediately this was surrounded by a lower battery providing fourteen further gun positions, while about 1550 a battlemented entrance block was built containing the governor's lodgings.
  • Its red, white and blue uprights support a span depicting Derry's gates with a battlemented head topped by a crown.


Late Middle English: from Old French bataillier 'fortify with movable defense turrets', possibly related to battle.

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Syllabification: bat·tle·ment

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