- Also called corselet. defensive armor for the torso comprising a breastplate and backplate, originally made of leather.
- either of the plates forming such armor.
- any similar covering, as the protective armor of a ship.
- Zoology. a hard shell or other covering forming an indurated defensive shield.
- to equip or cover with a cuirass.
Origin of cuirass
Examples from the Web for cuirass
So the hero set out, protected only with cuirass and the lion skin.
Around all hearts as noble as his, there is a second envelope that forms a cuirass.The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Panzer, a cuirass, is etymologically a pauncher, or defence for the paunch.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Those who stood about him besought him in vain to put on his cuirass.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
He was clad in helmet and cuirass, and armed with sword and poniard.Sea-Dogs All!
- a piece of armour, of leather or metal covering the chest and back
- a hard outer protective covering of some animals, consisting of shell, plate, or scales
- any similar protective covering, as on a ship
- (tr) to equip with a cuirass
Word Origin and History for cuirass
"armor for the chest and back," mid-15c., from Middle French cuirasse (15c.), from Late Latin coriacea vestis "garment of leather," from Latin corium "leather, hide" (see corium). Cognate with Italian corazza, Spanish coraza, Portuguese couraça.