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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Armor used to protect the front of a war horse's head in medieval times.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Protective armor for a horse's head, especially the face and ears.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The frontlet, or head armor, of a horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The defensive armor of the front part of the head of a war-horse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head

Etymologies

Middle English shamfron, from Old French chanfrein : Latin cāmus, horse-muzzle, heavy necklace (from Greek kēmos) + Latin frēnum, bridle, bit; see frenum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chanfrain, presumably from champ, chanp ("field, battle field") + frein ("bit (between a horse's teeth)"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • a stroke on his head, which, glancing from the polished helmet, lighted with violence scarcely abated on the "chamfron" of the steed, and

    Ivanhoe

  • He rode, not a mule, like his companion, but a strong hackney for the road, to save his gallant war-horse, which a squire led behind, fully accoutred for battle, with a chamfron or plaited head-piece upon his head, having a short spike projecting from the front.

    Ivanhoe

  • A huge black chaliko all armored in gold looked down at him, its benign eyes peering from the openings of a gilded chamfron.

    The Golden Torc

  • It was high time; for, while the Disinherited Knight was pressing upon the Templar, Front-de-Boeuf had got nigh to him with his uplifted sword; but ere the blow could descend, the Sable Knight dealt a stroke on his head, which, glancing from the polished helmet, lighted with violence scarcely abated on the chamfron [84-16] of the steed, and

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • So silent and still were they, that they might have been metal - sheathed statues, were it not for the occasional quick, impatient stamp of their chargers, or the rattle of chamfron against neck - plates as they tossed and strained.

    The White Company

  • So silent and still were they, that they might have been metal-sheathed statues, were it not for the occasional quick, impatient stamp of their chargers, or the rattle of chamfron against neck-plates as they tossed and strained.

    The White Company

  • It was high time; for, while the Disinherited Knight was pressing upon the Templar, Front-de-Boeuf had got nigh to him with his uplifted sword; but ere the blow could descend, the Sable Knight dealt a stroke on his head, which, glancing from the polished helmet, lighted with violence scarcely abated on the chamfron of the steed, and Front-de-Boeuf rolled on the ground, both horse and man equally stunned by the fury of the blow.

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • The how to quit dyed chamfron superman has been jamberry the criterion kerbela as a cosily for a horn of wedgwood.

    Rational Review

  • “chamfron” of the steed, and Front-de-Boeuf rolled on the ground, both horse and man equally stunned by the fury of the blow.

    Ivanhoe

  • _chamfron_ of the steed, and Front-de-Buf rolled on the ground, both horse and man equally stunned by the fury of the blow.

    Ivanhoe

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