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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 they had habergeons of iron.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Paying a craftsman to make a fitted habergeon from scratch would have cost even more.’
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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