Coat of mail

Coat of mail
Mail Mail (m[=a]l), n. [OE. maile, maille, F. maille a ring of mail, mesh, network, a coat of mail, fr. L. macula spot, a mesh of a net. Cf. {Macle}, {Macula}, {Mascle}.] 1. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Chain mail}, {Coat of mail}. See under {Chain}, and {Coat}. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc. [1913 Webster]

We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Coat of mail — Coat Coat (k[=o]t; 110), n. [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat, cotte d armes coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail, LL. cota, cotta, tunic, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf. {Cot} a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coat of mail — n. pl. coats of mail [transl. of Fr cotte de mailles, lit., coat of meshes] a sleeved protective garment made of interlinked metal rings or overlapping plates …   English World dictionary

  • coat of mail — coat′ of mail′ n. her an armored garment made of chain mail or metal scales • Etymology: 1480–90; cf. F cotte de mailles …   From formal English to slang

  • coat of mail — ► NOUN historical ▪ a jacket composed of metal rings or plates, serving as armour …   English terms dictionary

  • coat of mail — noun armor that protects the wearer s whole body • Syn: ↑body armor, ↑body armour, ↑suit of armor, ↑suit of armour, ↑cataphract • Hypernyms: ↑armor, ↑armour …   Useful english dictionary

  • coat of mail — Suit of armor, suit of mail, armor, mail, hauberk, cuirass, habergeon, lorica, thorax …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • coat of mail — n hauberk, byrnie, habergeon; mail, chain mail, armor, suit of armor, armor plate, armature, panoply; cuirass, corselet, lorica, breastplate, Armor. brigandine; protection, covering, sheathing …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • coat of mail — Date: 15th century a garment of metal scales or chain mail worn as armor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Coat of mail —    The rendering of a Hebrew word meaning glittering (1 Sam. 17:5, 38). The same word in the plural form is translated habergeons in 2 Chr. 26:14 and Neh. 4:16. The harness (1 Kings 22:34), breastplate (Isa. 59:17), and brigandine (Jer. 46:4),… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • coat of mail — noun (plural coats of mail) a hauberk; a defensive garment made of interlinked metal rings, overlapping metal plates, etc …   Australian-English dictionary

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