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[par-uh-pit, -pet] /ˈpær ə pɪt, -ˌpɛt/


any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.
/ˈpærəpɪt; -ˌpɛt/
a low wall or railing along the edge of a balcony, roof, etc
Also called breastwork. a rampart, mound of sandbags, bank, etc, in front of a trench, giving protection from fire from the front

1580s, from Middle French parapet “breastwork” (16c.), or directly from Italian parapetto, from para- “defense” (see para- (2)) + petto “breast,” from Latin pectus (see pectoral (adj.)).


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