Definition of bartizan in US English:



  • An overhanging corner turret at the top of a castle or church tower.

    • ‘There are two bartizans on opposite corners of the tower which have holes for muskets.’
    • ‘At the corners of the curved arcaded corridor connecting the wings to the house are miniature bartizans.’
    • ‘It has corbie-stepped gables with two round bartizans and a caphouse which crowns the stair.’
    • ‘There are wall bartizans at two of the corners of the castle and one gable with a chimney as well as a free standing chimney.’
    • ‘The impressive exterior features divided stone windows and bartizans with carved rams or flowers.’


Early 19th century: from 17th-century bertisene, Scots variant of bratticing ‘temporary breastwork or parapet’, from brattice; revived and reinterpreted by Sir Walter Scott.