to provide with machicolations. (an opening in the floor between the corbels of a projecting gallery or parapet, as on a wall or in the vault of a passage, through which missiles, molten lead, etc., might be cast upon an enemy beneath.
a projecting gallery or parapet with such openings.)
1765-75; < Medieval Latin machecoll ( um ), a Latinization of Middle French *machecol literally, (it) breaks (the) neck (from the use of such openings to drop projectiles on an ascending attacker; mache, 3rd singular present of macher to beat, break, bruise (apparently of expressive orig.) + col neck (see collar)) + -ate1 ; compare late Middle English machecollyd machicolated
a small, sometimes jeweled case for a woman's cosmetics or other personal objects, often carried as a handbag.
1935-40 (earlier in sense "coquette"); < French minaudière orig., coquette, person with affected manners, noun use of feminine of minaudier affected, equivalent to minaud ( er ) to have an affected manner (verbal derivative, with -aud adj. suffix (see ribald), of mine facial expression, probably < Breton min muzzle) + -ier -ier2