Definition of parapet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperəpət/


1A low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A protective wall or earth defense along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops.
Example sentences
  • 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, defense, earthwork, breastwork, bastion



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 'breast-high wall', from para- 'protecting' + petto 'breast' (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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Syllabification: par·a·pet

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