The battlement atop a castle tower.
An example of a battlement is the stone architecture seen atop a medieval watchtower.
- 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).