Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Formerly, the clothing of the legs and feet and of the body below the waist.
- In medieval armor, the defensive covering of the legs, used before the introduction of cuisses and leg-pieces of plate-armor. The chausses of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were either of linked mail or made not unlike the gambeson; in either case the defensive part did not cover the lower portion of the body and the back of the thighs, for this would have interfered with the seat on the saddle, but was attached to a sort of short breeches of linen, leather, or other similar material. See first cut (fig. 1) under armor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The garment for the legs and feet and for the body below the waist, worn in Europe throughout the Middle Ages; applied also to the armor for the same parts, when fixible, as of chain mail.
“Mail leggings are called chausses, mail hoods coif and mail mittens mitons.”
“He carried his sword and shield and wore a hauberk and chausses of silvery chain, and he came alone.”
“Beneath the shelf, half-unfolded, lay a leather saddle-roll, and dropped carelessly upon it a man's cotte and chausses and shirt, and the rolled cloak he had not needed on the journey.”
“Which are pretty kinky, considering that if I understand medieval male clothing correctly he presumably had to take them off to remove his chausses and braies and then put them back on again.”
“Strongfist beat dust from his chausses and adjusted the heavy rivet curtain of his hauberk so that it hung straight.”
“With a brightening glance, the King wiped his hands on his chausses, took the needle case and, with difficulty, because of the size and greasiness of his fingers, pried out the stopper.”
“His green tunic was beautifully molded to his body and at mid-thigh length exposed smooth-fitting azure chausses, cross-gartered in the green of his tunic, that displayed his handsome legs to fine effect.”
“They would accept a runaway novice, all the more when they heard him sing and play; they would provide him a patron and a house harp, and strip him of his skirts and find him chausses and shirt and cotte in payment for his music.”
“Zar pulled on the snug-fitting hose that protected the skin from chafing, then slid the chausses up like long stockings.”
“Short-sleeved, it covered his torso to mid-thigh, extending over the tops of the chausses.”
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