One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of armour for the arm, especially the forearm.
- ‘Each soldier had the same vambraces.’
- ‘The vambrace features a rolled edge and carries the same design as the proceeding plates.’
- ‘He was now clad in only his cotton tunic and trousers with the leather vambraces remaining on his forearms, his riding boots and a belt around his lean waist.’
- ‘He shrugged his shoulders, trying to get comfortable in his suit of chainmail, but his vambraces were making his forearm feel heavy.’
- ‘It is also possible that a few warriors may have worn leather vambraces, or have used leather bindings similar to ‘puttes’ to protect their forearms.’
Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French shortening of Old French avantbras, from avant ‘before’ + bras ‘arm’. Compare with vamplate.
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