Definition of machicolate in English:

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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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Syllabification: ma·chic·o·late

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