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.
A notched parapet built on top of a wall, with alternating merlons and crenels for decoration or defense.
A parapet with open spaces for shooting, built on top of a castle wall, tower, or fort.
An architectural decoration like this.
Origin of battlement
- Middle English batelment alteration (influenced by batel battle) of Old French batillement tower, turret from bastille bastille
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement (“fortification”), from bastillier (“to fortify, to equip with battlements”), from bastille (“fortress”) (see bastion).