- 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.
battlement definition by Webster's New World
- a parapet with open spaces for shooting, built on top of a castle wall, tower, or fort
- an architectural decoration like this
Origin: Middle 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
- battlemented adjective
battlement definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English batelment, alteration (influenced by batel, battle) of Old French batillement, tower, turret, from bastille; see bastille.
- batˈtle·mentˌed adjective