Definition of machicolate in English:


Syllabification: ma·chic·o·late
Pronunciation: /məˈCHikəˌlāt


[with object] (usually as adjective machicolated)
  • Provide with machicolations: a machicolated fortress
    More example sentences
    • One enters the court of arms through a door with a pointed arch defended by a machicolated gallery above.
    • This imposing monument is strongly guarded with its round machicolated towers bearing terraces for the artillery.
    • The cornices are machicolated, though nobody expects to pour hot lead from the machicoulis.


late 18th century: from Anglo-Latin machicollare, based on Provençal machacol, from macar 'to crush' + col 'neck'.

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