One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A quilted doublet worn by men in the 14th and 15th centuries as part of civil costume and of armour.
Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. From Anglo-Norman purpoint, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French pourpoint, porpoint, variant of parpoint, perpoint, apparently from post-classical Latin perpunctus, etc., use as noun of past participle of perpungere to pierce, punch through from classical Latin per- + pungere.
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