Definition of crenel in English:


(also crenelle)

Pronunciation /ˈkren(ə)l/ /ˈkrɛn(ə)l/

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  • An indentation in the battlements of a fort or castle, used for shooting or firing missiles through.

    ‘Peaked ears appeared along the wall, weapons raised to crenelles.’
    • ‘Further above, on a bit of wall still more or less intact, the sentry stood straddle-legged in an open crenel, hands on hips, surveying the river and the valley beyond.’
    • ‘Ramirez ducked behind a crenel, pulling Rakael down with him into an undignified heap.’


Late 15th century from Old French, based on popular Latin crena ‘notch’.