Definition of crenellate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrenəˌlāt/
(also crenelate)


[with object] (usually as adjective crenellated) chiefly historical
Provide (a wall of a building) with battlements.
Example sentences
  • It also required raising the limestone crenellated parapet that runs along the roof battlement.
  • To the left of this tower are the walls that surround the basilica itself, as solid and crenellated as a castle keep.
  • The glass structure that enclosed them had a crenellated top suggestive of historic armories.


Early 19th century: from French créneler, from Old French crenel (see crenel).

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Syllabification: cren·el·late

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