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chapel de fer

[sha-pel duh fair]
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noun, plural cha·pels de fer.
  1. a medieval open helmet, often having a broad brim for deflecting blows from above.

Origin of chapel de fer

1895–1900; < Old French: hat of iron; see chapeau, ferrous
Also called war hat, kettle hat.
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Historical Examples

  • Of the smaller casque—helmet, or chapel-de-fer—we have already observed that some were worn beneath the coif-de-mailles.

    Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe

    John Hewitt

  • Frequently a metal breastplate or plastron-de-fer, and a steel cap or chapel-de-fer, were worn under the mail.