What does parapet mean?

Definitions for parapetˈpær ə pɪt, -ˌpɛt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word parapet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parapet(noun)

    a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony

  2. parapet, breastwork(noun)

    fortification consisting of a low wall


  1. parapet(Noun)

    A low retaining wall.

  2. parapet(Noun)

    Part of a perimeter that extends above the roof.

  3. parapet(Noun)

    A fortification consisting of a wall.

  4. Origin: From parapet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parapet(noun)

    a low wall, especially one serving to protect the edge of a platform, roof, bridge, or the like

  2. Parapet(noun)

    a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth, for covering soldiers from an enemy's fire; a breastwork. See Illust. of Casemate

  3. Origin: [F., fr. It. parapetto, fr. parare to ward off, guard (L. parare to prepare, provide) + petto the breast, L. pectus. See Parry, and Pectoral.]


  1. Parapet

    A parapet is a barrier which is an extension of the wall at the edge of a roof, terrace, balcony, or other structure. Where extending above a roof, it may simply be the portion of an exterior wall that continues above the line of the roof surface, or may be a continuation of a vertical feature beneath the roof such as a fire wall or party wall. Parapets were originally used to defend buildings from military attack, but today they are primarily used as guard rails and to prevent the spread of fires.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parapet

    par′a-pet, n. a rampart breast-high, to protect soldiers on a wall from the fire of an enemy: a breast-high wall on a bridge, house-roof, a platform, &c., to prevent persons from falling over.—adj. Par′apeted, having a parapet. [Fr.,—It. parapetto—It. parare, to adorn—L. parāre, to prepare, It. petto—L. pectus, the breast.]

Editors Contribution

  1. parapet

    An extension of a wall or railing along the edge of a balcony, bridge, raised platform, roof, terrace or other piece of Architecture.

    Bridges, roofs on building and houses and terraces sometimes have a parapet built into the design.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parapet in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parapet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Bruce Winders:

    Then you would have to remove the parapet.

  2. Sergio Levinsky:

    I think we'll see fewer leaders at the tournament than before because nobody wants to raise their head above the parapet.

  3. Nigel Kushner:

    There can be no meaningful improvement in investment into the Iranian economy until some robust banks agree to raise their head above the parapet and finance it, i believe they will, but it will take time... I believe it will happen over the next six months and then there will be a domino effect.

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