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

  • n. A small, overhanging turret on a wall or tower.

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  • n. Alternative form of bartisan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, overhanging structure for lookout or defense, usually projecting at an angle of a building or near an entrance gateway.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a small overhanging turret, pierced with loopholes or embrasures, or with both, and projecting generally from an angle at the top of a tower, or from the parapet of a building or medieval fortification-wall.


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

Alteration of bratticing, timberwork, from brattice.


  • The heavy yet hasty step of the men-at-arms traversed the battlements, or resounded on the narrow and winding passages and stairs which led to the various bartizans [Footnote: A bartizan is a sort of small overhanging balcony, built for defense or for lookout.] and points of defense.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 4

  • The bartizan is the only anxious place, but as I mean to take Davie with me, you may think I do not count it very dangerous! "

    Donal Grant, by George MacDonald

  • “Rin up to the bartizan at the tower-head, callant,” said

    The Monastery

  • But the noise attending the first operation caught the wakeful attention of Edward, who, starting to the bartizan, called to know what the matter was.

    The Monastery

  • And with this disconsolate reflection, he wended his way to the bartizan or battlements of the tower, to watch what objects might appear on the distant moor, or to pelt, with pebbles and pieces of lime, the sea-mews and cormorants which established themselves incautiously within the reach of an idle young man.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • For this purpose, with slow and idle step, he paraded the terrace, which, flanked with a heavy stone battlement, stretched in front of the castle upon a level with the first story; while visitors found access to the court by a projecting gateway, the bartizan or flat-leaded roof of which was accessible from the terrace by an easy flight of low and broad steps.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • A protecting bartizan or two, with the addition of small turrets at the angles, much resembling pepper-boxes, had procured for Darnlinvarach the dignified appellation of a castle.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • As for the whistle, it was gaen anes and ay; but mony a time was it heard at the top of the house on the bartizan, and amang the auld chimneys and turrets where the howlets have their nests.


  • “There is a lodging, certainly,” said Otto to the sentinel, who pointed towards the castle with his bartizan;

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • At every sweep of his blade a severed head flew over the parapet, a spouting trunk tumbled, bleeding, on the flags of the bartizan.



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  • A small overhanging turret on a wall or tower.

    November 30, 2007