Definition of crenel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɛn(ə)l/
(also crenelle /krɪˈnɛl/)


An indentation in the battlements of a fort or castle, used for shooting or firing missiles through.
Example sentences
  • Peaked ears appeared along the wall, weapons raised to crenelles.
  • Further above, on a bit of wall still more or less intact, the sentry stood straddle-legged in an open crenel, hands on hips, surveying the river and the valley beyond.
  • Ramirez ducked behind a crenel, pulling Rakael down with him into an undignified heap.


Late 15th century: from Old French, based on popular Latin crena 'notch'.

Words that rhyme with crenel

antennal, fennel, kennel

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