from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long tunic made of chain mail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A coat of mail; especially, the long coat of mail of the European Middle Ages, as contrasted with the habergeon, which is shorter and sometimes sleeveless.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A coat of mail; especially, the long coat of mail of the European Middle Ages, as contrasted with the habergeon, which is shorter and sometimes sleeveless. By old writers it is often used synonymously with habergeon. See habergeon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part of mail armor intended originally for the protection of the neck and shoulders, but as generally used a long coat of mail coming below the knees and even nearly to the ankles, slit up the sides, and sometimes in front and behind, to allow the wearer to mount a horse.
- n. In the fourteenth century and later, a piece of defensive armor, probably an outer garment of splint armor. See splint, jesserant, and crevisse.
- n. Among actors, a short tunic forming a part of medieval dress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armor
Middle English, from Old French hauberc, of Germanic origin; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French hauberc, of Germanic origin, perhaps Frankish. (Wiktionary)