Parapet definition

părə-pĭt, -pĕt
Frequency:
A low protective wall or railing along the edge of a raised structure such as a roof or balcony.
noun
1
1
An earthen or stone embankment protecting soldiers from enemy fire.
noun
1
1
A wall or bank used to screen troops from frontal enemy fire, sometimes placed along the top of a rampart.
noun
1
1
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.

noun
0
0
A low retaining wall.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
Part of a perimeter that extends above the roof.
noun
0
0
A fortification consisting of a wall.
noun
0
0
A low wall or railing, as along a balcony.
noun
0
1

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
parapet
Plural:
parapets

Origin of parapet

  • French from Italian parapetto parare to shield parasol petto chest (from Latin pectus)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French parapet.

    From Wiktionary