Definition of parapet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpærəpɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəpɪt//
; BrE BrE//ˈpærəpet//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəpet//
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a low wall along the edge of a bridge, a roof, etc. to stop people from falling (figurative) He was not prepared to put his head above the parapet and say what he really thought (= he did not want to risk doing it). Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, or from Italian parapetto ‘chest-high wall’, from para- ‘protecting’ + petto ‘chest’ (from Latin pectus).
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