Definition of hauberk in US English:



  • A piece of armor originally covering only the neck and shoulders but later consisting of a full-length coat of mail or military tunic.

    • ‘The dark cuirass was worn over a closely linked black chain mail hauberk.’
    • ‘He wore a short hauberk over a leather shirt and weather-beaten old leather leggings.’
    • ‘With their muscular frame underneath their dark green colored hauberk, Luidman were one of Aragon's strongest and ever faithful allies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the eleventh century the coif was often integrated with the hauberk becoming a hood.’
    armour, coat of mail, chain mail, chain armour
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Middle English: from Old French hauberc, hausberc, originally denoting protection for the neck, of Germanic origin.