from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A quilted military doublet or gambeson worn in the 14th and 15th centuries.
  • n. A doublet of the 16th and 17th centuries worn by civilians.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quilted military doublet or gambeson worn in the 14th and 15th centuries; also, a name for the doublet of the 16th and 17th centuries worn by civilians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stuff and quilt, as a coat of fence.
  • n. A stuffed and quilted garment, as a military coat of fence, stuffed like the gambeson.
  • n. A close-fitting garment worn by men in the fourteenth century and later, as distinguished from the doublet, which superseded it.
  • n. Representations of it show a smoothly drawn garment, without wrinkles or folds.


French (Wiktionary)


  • Pink accents his collar and epaulettes as well as his matching chaussembles and the dagged sleeves of his pourpoint.

    Fashion in Art: Medieval France and the Netherlands

  • Single leaf from a Missal, in Latin Germany, Hamburg, shortly before 1381 Illuminated by Meister Bertram von Minden The young people hawking are fashionably dressed: the youth wears a red pourpoint with a dagged hem, a particularly tight chaperon, narrow belt, and open shoes.

    Fashion in Art: Medieval France and the Netherlands

  • The pourpoint worn by young Otto of Godesberg was of blue, handsomely decorated with buttons of carved and embossed gold; his haut-de-chausses, or leggings, were of the stuff of Nanquin, then brought by the Lombard argosies at an immense price from China.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • Also cast up a bunch of buttons for the new pourpoint.

    roland Diary Entry

  • At the same time, the expert Capuchin let his master see that he held upon his arm one of his victims, whom he was forming into a docile instrument; this was a young gentleman who wore a very short green cloak, a pourpoint of the same color, close-fitting red breeches, with glittering gold garters below the knee-the costume of the pages of Monsieur.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • A pourpoint of Holland cloth, adorned with broad gold lace, and with large embroidered sleeves, covered him from the neck to the waist, somewhat in the fashion of a woman's corset; the rest of his vestments were in black velvet, embroidered with silver palms.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Henri IV, passant en carrosse sur le Pont-Neuf à Paris, le nez dans son manteau de fourrure, vit un jeune Gascon se promenant gaiement avec un pourpoint de toile découpé au cou, et un petit manteau ouvert, comme si l'on eût été au coeur de l'été.

    French Conversation and Composition

  • The jester Le Brusquet I did not recognize at all, though I noticed the royal cipher on his pourpoint.

    Orrain A Romance

  • The golden galleon of romance set all sail for Eldorado; Cromwell was published, with its polemical preface: and the simultaneous apparition of Hernani and the too famous pourpoint of Théophile Gautier showed the opponents of the new spirit, as a contemporary remarked, that the theatre had become the veritable abomination of desolation.


  • Ninove in the Pays d'Alost, 1595, was accused 'que vous avez, avant comme après le repas, vous septième ou huitième, dansé sous les arbres en compagnie de votre Belzebuth et d'un autre démon, tous deux en pourpoint blanc à la mode française'.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe A Study in Anthropology


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