The parapet of an old castle in Switzerland.
The definition of a parapet is a wall or wall-like structure, often used to protect troops in a battle.
An example of a parapet is a low wall surrounding the balcony of a home.
- a wall or bank used to screen troops from frontal enemy fire, sometimes placed along the top of a rampart
- a low wall or railing, as along a balcony
Origin of parapetFrench from Italian parapetto from parare, to guard ( from L, prepare) + petto, breast from Classical Latin pectus
- A low protective wall or railing along the edge of a raised structure such as a roof or balcony.
- An earthen or stone embankment protecting soldiers from enemy fire. See Synonyms at bulwark.
Origin of parapetFrench from Italian parapetto parare to shield ; see parasol . petto chest ( from Latin pectus )
From Middle French parapet.