from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The lower movable part of the front of a medieval helmet, fitting over the mouth or neck.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of armour used to protect the neck.
- n. The movable front part of a helmet, originally including the visor but later specifically the separate lower section.
- n. That part of a mediaeval helmet which is intended for the admission of air.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of a helmet which is intended for the admission of air, -- sometimes in the visor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as aventaile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck
Middle English, from Old French vantail, from vent, wind, from Latin ventus; see wē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ventaille. (Wiktionary)