Definition of barbette in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /bɑːˈbɛt/


1A fixed armoured housing at the base of a gun turret on a warship or armoured vehicle.
Example sentences
  • The main 76 mm gun was carried in a barbette on the right side of the hull, with a turret above carrying a smaller 37 mm gun.
  • Dropping down to the seabed, the smaller barbettes and guns could be seen, and huge 13.5in projectiles lay scattered on the sand.
  • Our picture shows the 76 mm gun barbette on one of the tanks.
1.1 historical A platform on which a gun was placed to fire over a parapet.
Example sentences
  • In the 1890s the “barbette” mounting for coastal-defense guns became the preferred pattern.
  • The barbette mounted the gun on a pivot so that it could fire over a parapet.
  • In the interior was a shed for a guard room, and a small magazine under the barbette platform.


Late 18th century: from French, diminutive of barbe 'beard' (see barb1).

Words that rhyme with barbette

abet, aiguillette, anisette, Annette, Antoinette, arête, Arlette, ate, baguette, banquette, barrette, basinet, bassinet, beget, Bernadette, beset, bet, Bette, blanquette, Brett, briquette, brochette, brunette (US brunet), Burnett, cadet, caravanette, cassette, castanet, charette, cigarette (US cigaret), clarinet, Claudette, Colette, coquette, corvette, couchette, courgette, croquette, curette, curvet, Debrett, debt, dinette, diskette, duet, epaulette (US epaulet), flageolet, flannelette, forget, fret, galette, gazette, Georgette, get, godet, grisette, heavyset, Jeanette, jet, kitchenette, La Fayette, landaulet, launderette, layette, lazaret, leatherette, let, Lett, lorgnette, luncheonette, lunette, Lynette, maisonette, majorette, maquette, Marie-Antoinette, marionette, Marquette, marquisette, martinet, met, minaret, minuet, moquette, motet, musette, Nanette, net, noisette, nonet, novelette, nymphet, octet, Odette, on-set, oubliette, Paulette, pet, Phuket, picquet, pillaret, pincette, pipette, piquet, pirouette, planchette, pochette, quartet, quickset, quintet, regret, ret, Rhett, roomette, rosette, roulette, satinette, septet, serviette, sestet, set, sett, sextet, silhouette, soubrette, spinet, spinneret, statuette, stet, stockinet, sublet, suffragette, Suzette, sweat, thickset, threat, Tibet, toilette, tret, underlet, upset, usherette, vedette, vet, vignette, vinaigrette, wagonette, wet, whet, winceyette, yet, Yvette

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bar|bette

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.