One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Defensive or decorative parapets with regularly spaced notches; battlements.
barricade, rampart, bulwark, bank, embankment, fortification, defence, breastwork, earthwork, bastionView synonyms
- ‘With its deep-set windows and the ivy that snaked its way up most of the walls and wound itself around the castellation at the top, the mansion gave an air of enclosure and suffocation.’
- ‘Despite its faux castellations, it's not a castle at all, it's a lavish high-rise.’
- ‘Partially shielded by the castellation of the front wall, she could keep watch over her surroundings without being in view of anyone who might be spying on the house.’
- ‘The old ruined turret and battlements (castellation) of Brittas House could offer a point of interest which could be exploited but access, etc needs to be addressed.’
- ‘Ivy Towers had always fascinated her, particularly the moat that surrounded it and the tiny gargoyles that lurked amongst the castellation and peeked out of the deep green ivy.’
- 1.1 The use or building of defensive or decorative parapets.
Early 19th century: based on medieval Latin castellare ‘to build castles’, from castellum (see castle).
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