American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short, sleeveless coat of mail.
- n. A hauberk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See haubergeon.
- n. historical A sleeveless coat of chain mail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Properly, a short hauberk, but often used loosely for the hauberk.
- n. (Middle Ages) a light sleeveless coat of chain mail worn under the hauberk
- Middle English from Old French hauberjon, from hauberc, hauberk; see hauberk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I would give the best habergeon I ever wrought, that the difficulty in truth rested with me, for there were then the better chance of its being removed.”
““Jilbáb” either habergeon (mail-coat) or the buff-jacket worn under it.”
“As he was thus, behold, the merchant-woman with whom he had taken refuge came up to him and giving him a habergeon and a helmet, a spear, a sword and a gilded girdle, bade him don them and seat himself on the settle after which she left him, for fear of the troops.”
“The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.”
“And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.”
“And there was an hole in the midst of the robe, as the hole of an habergeon, with a band round about the hole, that it should not rend.”
“I was taught that it might contribute to a reading that if outward appearance reflects inward being, as was the prof's theory of medieval lit clothing a bismotered habergeon might indicate an inward uncleanliness or sinfulness, and that he's on pilgrimage because of it.”
“Then he dressed his shield, and drew out his sword, and Bors smote him so hard that it went through his shield and habergeon on the left shoulder.”
“At the tip of the steel wedge Conan roared his heathen battle-cry and swung his great sword in glittering arcs that made naught of steel burgonet or mail habergeon.”
“And there shall be a hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.”
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