Definition of battlement in US English:



usually battlements
  • 1A parapet at the top of a wall, especially of a fort or castle, that has regularly spaced squared openings for shooting through.

    • ‘Her husband altered what was then known as Snape House, turning it into a castle with battlements and a Gothic exterior.’
    • ‘Here, you can see stone cannon balls built into the castle walls, defensive battlements and interior living quarters.’
    • ‘There were massive walls, battlements, towers and huge building units.’
    • ‘The castle's impressive battlements and tree-shaded gardens offer excellent views over the city and the estuary of the Tagus river.’
    • ‘She glanced up to the heights of the castle battlements and saw a tall, tawny haired figure upon the uppermost heights.’
    • ‘She looked beyond the countless houses to the giant walls topped with battlements and many attaching towers to the dark and wasted dessert plains beyond, her true home.’
    • ‘Set within five acres of orchard and boasting battlements, parapet walkway, Great Hall and thick stone walls, the tower is perched above Crossford in the beautiful Clyde Valley.’
    • ‘There were battlements along the walls, and seven guards at the gate.’
    • ‘Small boys attracted to crumbling walls and shaking battlements care nothing for ‘danger’ signs or security fences.’
    • ‘Its walls, towers and battlements are silhouetted against the sky.’
    • ‘As I kept up a brisk pace along the battlements of the castle, I sunk into my thoughts and was so absorbed that I didn't hear the footsteps coming up behind me.’
    • ‘Others awaited Richard II on the battlements of Chester Castle, or in a glade of Sandiway Forest.’
    • ‘Although the inner courtyard was destroyed in 1809 by Napoleonic troops, the walls and battlements remain intact and are worth the 15-minute climb it takes to reach them.’
    • ‘The architecture is Tudor style, complete with turreted parapets, fortified towers, arches and battlements.’
    • ‘There lies Minas Tirith, the City of Kings, a vast and elegant city built in seven levels of white stone carved into the hill, each level ringed by a wall with battlements and a gate.’
    • ‘Into the side of one slope was lodged a fortress, complete with high walls and battlements.’
    • ‘Seagulls yelped in the distance above the sound of the crashing waves and flew among the turrets and battlements of the dark castle.’
    • ‘I sat in the guard barracks in the outer wall of the castle battlements.’
    • ‘The form of the minarets, indeed, brings to mind the battlements of Rajput fort rather than the graceful tapering classical Islamic minaret.’
    • ‘The bridge is easily spotted since the towers that hold up the cables on each side of the river loom up like the crenellated battlements of an English castle.’
    castellation, parapet, rampart, balustrade, wall, bulwark, barbican, bastion
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    1. 1.1 A section of roof enclosed by battlements.
      ‘I want to go up on the battlements’
      • ‘Then she mounted the battlement and stood atop the roof, raving.’
      • ‘The roofs even had battlements, were Diago stood now.’


Late Middle English: from Old French bataillier ‘fortify with movable defense turrets’, possibly related to battle.