Definition of barbette in English:


Syllabification: bar·bette
Pronunciation: /bärˈbet


1A fixed armored housing at the base of a gun turret on a warship or armored vehicle.
More 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 is placed to fire over a parapet.
More 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).

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