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chain mail

noun, Armor.
mail2 (def 1).
Origin of chain mail
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Another example of the same sort is the revival of chain mail.

  • The archers are sometimes protected by a kind of chain mail.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Then Robin saw, what he had not wotted of before, that the Friar had also a coat of chain mail beneath his gown.

  • The features are handsome, and the whole body is wrapped in chain mail.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • As is the case with King Arthur, the breastplate is worn over a coat of chain mail, and the greaves worn are plain.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
  • There, too, were coats of chain mail and great iron gauntlets, and rows of dinted helmets formed a cornice round the gallery.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • This supposed cowl is nothing more than a fold of the chain mail, which has been covered with a thick coating of paint.

  • There seems to have been hardly any chain mail which a clothyard arrow could not pierce.

    Battles of English History H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • Then straightway Robin Hood donned a fine steel coat of chain mail, over which he put on a light jacket of Lincoln green.

  • Instead of being hard and stiff, it is all linked together, so that it is more like a piece of chain mail than of iron railing.

British Dictionary definitions for chain mail

chain mail

another term for mail2 (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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