- a coat of mail; hauberk.
Origin of byrnie
1325–75; Middle English byrny, Scottish variant of brynie, brinie < Old Norse brynja, cognate with Old English byrne coat of mail, Old High German brunnia
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Examples from the Web for byrnie
But Blacktooth's byrnie was good, nor did the sword bite into it.
He had but one arm, for the other was hewn from him, and the byrnie on his left side was red with blood.
It entered his side through a cleft in his byrnie and pierced him deep.
The defensive armour consisted of helmet, shield, and byrnie.A Handbook of Pictorial History
Henry W. Donald
It is true that only one trace of a byrnie, and that apparently not of ring-mail, has so far been found in an Anglo-Saxon grave.Beowulf
R. W. Chambers
- an archaic word for coat of mail
Old English byrne; related to Old Norse brynja, Gothic brunjō, Old High German brunnia coat of mail, Old Irish bruinne breast
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