a shellproof or armored enclosure with openings for guns, as in a fortress wall or on a warship
Origin of casemateFrench from Italian casamatta from Classical Greek chasmata, plural of chasma, opening, chasm; altered by associated, association with Italian casa, house + matto, dim, dark
- A fortified enclosure for artillery on a warship.
- An armored compartment for artillery on a rampart.
Origin of casemateFrench from Italian casamatta perhaps casa house ( from Latin casa ) matto mad, crazy ( from Latin mattus drunk ) ( past participle of madēre to be drunk )