échauguette

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French eschauguette, escarguaite, from Old French eschaugaite, escalgaite, escalguaite (guard-duty, a sentinel, troop of sentinels), from Old Frankish *skarwahta (guard-duty, group of sentinels), from *skara ("troop"; from Proto-Germanic *skarō (troop, share), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to cut)) + *wahta (watch, guard). Cognate with Middle High German scharwahte, German Scharwache (patrol). More at share, wait.

Noun[edit]

échauguette f (plural échauguettes)

  1. watchtower (attached to a medieval building)
  2. bartisan

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