from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Armor used to protect the front of a war horse's head in medieval times.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Protective armor for a horse's head, especially the face and ears.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The frontlet, or head armor, of a horse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The defensive armor of the front part of the head of a war-horse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head
Middle English shamfron, from Old French chanfrein : Latin cāmus, horse-muzzle, heavy necklace (from Greek kēmos) + Latin frēnum, bridle, bit; see frenum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chanfrain, presumably from champ, chanp ("field, battle field") + frein ("bit (between a horse's teeth)"). (Wiktionary)