from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Flexible body armor of small metal plates or rings, often covered with cloth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A coat of armor for the body, consisting of scales or plates, sometimes overlapping each other, generally of metal, and sewn to linen or other material.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A coast of armor for the body, consisting of scales or plates, sometimes overlapping each other, generally of metal, and sewed to linen or other material. It was worn in the Middle Ages.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A medieval coat of fence made of linen or leather upon which overlapping scales of steel were sewed. The plates of steel were generally quilted between two thicknesses of stuff.
- n. A foot-soldier wearing a brigandine; a brigand.
- Made like a brigandine; of the nature of a brigandine: as, a brigandine garment.
- n. An old form of brigantine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a medieval coat of chain mail consisting of metal rings sewn onto leather or cloth
Middle English, from Old French, armor for a skirmisher, from brigand, skirmisher; see brigand.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French brigandine, from brigand + -ine. (Wiktionary)