from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The rampart or outer fortification of a castle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete The battlement on the exterior fortification of a castle in northern England and parts of Scotland; a barbican.


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  • “Nay,” Robert said, leaning against the barmkin wall.

    Tempted by Your Touch

  • It was a modest tower, Robert noted on his approach, constructed of red stone and surrounded by a barmkin wall—which Alex had already breached.

    Tempted by Your Touch

  • At last, he came one night with a dozen spears, broke in the barmkin gate and carried her off.

    The Long Portage


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  • The barmkin appearing in a recent 'Timeteam' show was an enclosure for animals and workshops, attached to a medieval fortified manor house.

    October 4, 2012

  • Cool word!

    February 16, 2007

  • The battlement of the outer fortification of a castle; the outer fortification, or barbican; a turret or watch tower on the outer wall.

    February 16, 2007