Definitions

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  • n. the flap or adjustable part of the hood of mail, which when unfastened allowed the hood to drop upon the shoulders.
  • n. The movable front to a helmet; the ventail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The movable front to a helmet; the ventail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck

Etymologies

From Middle English aventayle, from Old French esventail air-hole, from esventer (Modern French éventer), from Latin ex out + ventus wind (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Pursuant to these orders each ward was assessed for the purpose of levying 110 men armed with haketon, plates, bacinet with aventail, and gloves of plate; and sixty men armed with only haketon and bacinet.

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