One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A piece of armour covering the trunk.
- ‘Placed on the bench above each retainer, his crested helmet, his linked corselet and sturdy spear shaft were plainly to be seen…’
- ‘Other commanders wore bright cloaks or gold-inlaid corselets to insure their recognition on the battlefield.’
- ‘His upper body was encased in a corselet, and a belt about his waist held a sheathed shortsword.’
- ‘I lay in the arms of a man dressed in the Macedonian army corselet and tunic I knew so well.’
- ‘Aeneas casts a spear and it pierces his shield and corselet going into his thigh.’
2variant spelling of corselette
Late 15th century: from Old French corslet, diminutive of cors ‘body’.
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