- The definition of a battlement is the design at the top of old castle walls that looks like upside down teeth and is used to allow space for archers or sharpshooters to fire at intruders.
An example of a battlement is the stone architecture seen atop a medieval watchtower.
The battlement atop a castle tower.
- a parapet with open spaces for shooting, built on top of a castle wall, tower, or fort
- an architectural decoration like this
Origin of battlementMiddle English batelment ; from Old French bataillier, to fortify ; from bataille, fortification on a wall or tower ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Vulgar Latin an unverified form battacula, place of battle ; from battere, batter
Origin of battlementMiddle English batelment, alteration (influenced by batel, battle) of Old French batillement, tower, turret, from bastille; see bastille.
- In fortification: an indented parapet, formed by a series of rising members called cops or merlons, separated by openings called crenelles or embrasures, the soldier sheltering himself behind the merlon while he fires through the embrasure or through a loophole in the battlement.
- Any high wall for defense.
From Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement (“fortification”), from bastillier (“to fortify, to equip with battlements”), from bastille (“fortress”) (see bastion).