from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having battlements.
  • adj. Indented; notched: a crenelated wall.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of crenelate.
  • adj. Having crenellations or battlements
  • adj. Having a series of square indentations

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having repeated square indentations like those in a battlement.
  • adj. having turrets and battlements in the style of a castle; -- of a building.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as embattled. See also crenelate, v.
  • Furnished with crenelles, as a parapet or breastwork: specifically, in architecture, applied to a kind of embattled or indented molding of frequent occurrence in Norman work.
  • Fluted; channeled; covered with indentations.
  • Also crenate, crenated, crenclled.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from French créneler, to furnish with battlements, from Old French crenel, crenelation, diminutive of cren, notch; see cranny.


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