from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pouch at the crotch of the tight-fitting breeches worn by men in the 15th and 16th centuries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A part of male dress in front of the breeches to cover the male genitals, sometimes made very conspicuous in former times.
- n. A conspicuous protection for the male genitals in a suit of plate armor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A part of male dress in front of the breeches, formerly made very conspicuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medieval male costume, a part of the hose in front, at the separation of the legs, made loose or in the form of a flap, or in some cases separately attached: it was rendered necessary by the extreme tightness of the garment from about 1475 to 1550.
- n. In carriage-trimming, a half-circle at the lower front corner of a carriage top cast solid with the side-quarter or sewed on: used to cover slat-irons and prop-post.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (15th-16th century) a flap for the crotch of men's tight-fitting breeches
Middle English codpece : cod, bag, scrotum (from Old English codd, bag) + pece, piece; see piece.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cod (“scrotum”) + piece. (Wiktionary)