Definition of Martello in English:

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Pronunciation: /märˈtelō/
(also Martello tower)

noun (plural Martellos)

Any of numerous small circular forts that were erected for defense purposes along the southeast coasts of England during the Napoleonic Wars.
Example sentences
  • There is a picnic area by the Martello tower and a stepped access to the lower promenade.
  • We encountered many of them during the walk, along with the plethora of round Martello tower fortifications and Jersey's impressive castles.
  • The government hoped to defend the mainland by fortifying the coast with Martello towers, embodying the Militia (the home defence force), and extending the Militia Acts to Scotland and Ireland.


Alteration (by association with Italian martello 'hammer') of Cape Mortella in Corsica, where such a tower proved difficult for the English to capture in 1794.

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Syllabification: Mar·tel·lo

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