Definition of parapet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈparəpɪt/


1A low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony: she stood on the bridge, leaning over the parapet to watch the water race by
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  • And it is true that the young have always been in love with edges, walking the parapet of a bridge when the pavement is right beside it.
  • You should be sure to form a parapet around the edges of the flat roof in order to contain your new upside-down roof from wind uplift.
  • Three young men had a lucky escape after their car left the road, ploughed through a bridge parapet and ended up on its roof in a river.
balustrade, barrier, wall, railing, fence
1.1A protective wall or earth defence along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops: the sandbags that made up the parapet had been blown away and the wall of the trench had caved in figurative Mr Scargill raised his head above the parapet to call for the repeal of ‘anti-union’ legislation
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  • The German soldiers even had a line of little Christmas trees along the parapets of their trenches.
  • Harry heard the scream of an incoming shell, as he went to dive for cover, the round burst on the parapet, directly above him.
  • The Saxons started to put up small conifers on the parapets of their trenches - akin to our Christmas trees.
barricade, rampart, bulwark, bank, embankment, fortification, defence, breastwork, earthwork, bastion;
battlement, castellation
rare bartizan



Example sentences
  • The structure is capped with a low hipped-roof with a central transverse parapeted gable flanked by hipped dormers.
  • The east facade has a parapeted gable with high roundel window with a group of 4 lancet windows below.


Late 16th century: from French, or from Italian parapetto 'chest-high wall', from para- 'protecting' + petto 'chest' (from Latin pectus).

  • Parapet is from French, or from Italian parapetto ‘breast-high wall’, from para- ‘protecting’ and petto ‘breast’ (from Latin pectus). It was originally to screen and protect troops from the enemy.

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