One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of armor originally covering only the neck and shoulders but later consisting of a full-length coat of mail or military tunic.
armour, coat of mail, chain mail, chain armourView synonyms
- ‘The four knights went back to the mulberry tree in the yard to remove their covering garments, put on their hauberks, and gather their swords.’
- ‘He wore a short hauberk over a leather shirt and weather-beaten old leather leggings.’
- ‘The dark cuirass was worn over a closely linked black chain mail hauberk.’
- ‘With their muscular frame underneath their dark green colored hauberk, Luidman were one of Aragon's strongest and ever faithful allies.’
- ‘By the eleventh century the coif was often integrated with the hauberk becoming a hood.’
Middle English: from Old French hauberc, hausberc, originally denoting protection for the neck, of Germanic origin.
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