WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- (within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
- Military[Navy.]an armored cylinder for protecting the lower part of a turret on a warship.
- French, equivalent. to barbe beard + -ette -ette, probably from the general metaphorical use of barbe for something which protrudes or faces outward
Bar•bette (bär bet′),USA pronunciation n.
- a female given name, form of Barbara.