Definition of machicolate in English:



  • Provide with machicolations.

    ‘a machicolated fortress’
    • ‘This tower was raised thirty-three feet by Sir Jeffry Wyatville, crowned with a machicolated battlement, and surmounted with a flag-tower.’
    • ‘This imposing monument is strongly guarded with its round machicolated towers bearing terraces for the artillery.’
    • ‘The cornices are machicolated, though nobody expects to pour hot lead from the machicoulis.’
    • ‘One enters the court of arms through a door with a pointed arch defended by a machicolated gallery above.’
    • ‘The balcony can be reached by two bridges projecting from squat, machicolated towers - the houses have now been demolished, but the gallery remains.’
    • ‘An enceinte marked by the towers and machicolated balconies stretches along the Seine in front of the château.’
    • ‘The carefully wrought and fully detailed weather vane, set high above the machicolated parapets of the building, at once attracts attention.’
    • ‘Each corner of these square towers is again surmounted by a projecting octagon turret, machicolated.’
    • ‘Just below the machicolated parapet there are traces of the older crenellations.’
    • ‘It is a small machicolated, projecting loggia used for defense.’


Late 18th century: from Anglo-Latin machicollare, based on Provençal machacol, from macar to crush + col neck.