One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sleeveless coat of mail or scale armour.
armour, coat of mail, chain mail, chain armourView synonyms
- ‘The ‘habergeon,’ or hauberk, is a shirt of mail (iron ringlets forged together) commonly worn by medieval warriors.’
- ‘And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.’
- ‘Paying a craftsman to make a fitted habergeon from scratch would have cost even more.’
- ‘And they had habergeons of iron.’
- ‘The hauberk and its short-sleeved diminutive - the habergeon - would continue in use, but it is clear that additions to this protection were being acquired by those who could afford them.’
Middle English: from Old French haubergeon, from hauberc (see hauberk), originally denoting a garment protecting the neck; compare with Dutch halsberg.
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