One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coat of mail, typically one made of iron rings or plates attached to canvas or other fabric.
armour, coat of mail, chain mail, chain armourView synonyms
- ‘Furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines.’
- ‘Padded jacks and brigandines are still prevalent for common soldiers.’
- ‘Others, wore a helmet and a short mail coat under a jack or brigandine lined with small metal plates.’
- ‘The rank and file continued to rely on mail shirts, cloth armours (brigandine and jak) and simpler headgear.’
- ‘Others had brigandines - metal scales sewn on a jacket - to protect them from enemy swords and arrows.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from brigand (see brigand).
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