One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A medieval close-fitting tunic with sleeves, worn by both sexes.
- ‘It is a band sewn around the elbow of the cote-hardie sleeve with the end hanging as a streamer.’
- ‘These men are most likely wearing chemises as the first layer between the cote or cote-hardie and the skin.’
- ‘The cote-hardies of both wives are charged with their husband's arms.’
- ‘There are many more terms, but usually they relate to eras pre 1750 and include medieval terms for coats such as cote-hardie or ancient terms such as chlamys.’
Middle English: from Old French, from cote ‘coat’ + hardie (feminine) ‘bold’.
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