- (in the 15th and 16th centuries) a flap or cover for the crotch in men's hose or tight-fitting breeches, usually matching the costume and often decorated.
- Obsolete. penis.
Origin of codpiece
Examples from the Web for codpiece
Farewell, Friar John, I recommend the care of my codpiece to you.
Why, what a ruthless thing is this in him, for the rebellion of a codpiece to take away the life of a man!Measure for Measure
In saying this, he took the head and held it warm foregainst his codpiece, that the wind might not enter into it.
Will you maintain, quoth Pantagruel, that the codpiece is the chief piece of a military harness?
- a bag covering the male genitals, attached to hose or breeches by laces, etc, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries
Word Origin and History for codpiece
mid-15c., "a bagged appendage to the front of the breeches; often conspicuous" [OED], from Old English codd "a bag, pouch, husk," in Middle English, "testicles" (common Germanic, cf. Old Norse koddi "pillow," Dutch kodde "bag") + piece (n.).