Definition of merlon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmərlən/


The solid part of an embattled parapet between two embrasures.
Example sentences
  • Crenellations (merlons) on the perimeter of the roof were repaired or rebuilt.
  • I leaned on the embrasure between the teeth of the merlons and watched the activity on the streets below slowly die as the shadows drew longer.
  • Her fingertips brush absently at a potted plant that sits before her, in one of the gaps between the toothlike blocks of green stone (merlons) that, in a castle, would have protected against enemy arrows.


Early 18th century: from French, from Italian merlone, from merlo 'battlement'.

Words that rhyme with merlon


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Syllabification: mer·lon

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