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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
bar•bette  (bär bet),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. (within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
  2. 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
  • 1765–75

Bar•bette  (bär bet),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a female given name, form of  Barbara. 


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