Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A round of iron on the shaft of a tilting spear, to protect the hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A round plate of iron on the shaft of a tilting spear, to protect the hand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The plate of iron carried upon the lance, the lance passing through it.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a gauntlet.

Etymologies

French avant, "fore", and English plate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In a small case are unfinished portions of a helmet and gorget, and a gilt and engraved vamplate belonging to a suit of Henry Prince of Wales.

    Authorised Guide to the Tower of London

  • In the lower case are finely engraved and parcel gilt chamfrons for horses 'heads, a gilt vamplate for the tilting lance belonging to Lord Chancellor Hatton, an officer's gorget of the time of Queen Anne, and various pieces of rich armour.

    Authorised Guide to the Tower of London

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