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- n. A defensive garment made of stuffed and quilted cloth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A defensive garment formerly in use for the body, made of cloth stuffed and quilted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See gambeson.
From Middle English gambison, from Old French gambeson, gambaison, from gambais, wambais ("quilted jerkin"), from Medieval Latin wambāsium ("doublet, waistcoat"), from Frankish *wamba (“abdomen, belly”), from Proto-Germanic *wambō (“belly, womb”): compare Middle High German wambeis, German Wams ("waistcoat, doublet"), from Old High German wamba ("stomach"). More at womb. (Wiktionary)