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[vam-breys] /ˈvæm breɪs/
noun, Armor.
a piece of plate armor for the forearm; a lower cannon.
Compare rerebrace.
plate armor for the arm, usually including upper and lower cannons and a couter.
Origin of vambrace
1300-50; Middle English va(u)mbras < Anglo-French (a)vantbras, equivalent to avant- fore- (see avaunt) + bras arm (see brace)
Related forms
vambraced, adjective Unabridged
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  • The vambrace is worn under the sleeve of the hauberk, and not, as in the preceding example, over the mail.

    Armour & Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes
  • The vambrace is generally rigid, either a solid tube or hinged on the outside and fastened on the inside by straps or hooks.

    Armour & Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes
  • The fore-arm is covered with the plates of a vambrace which appears from under the hawberk sleeve.

British Dictionary definitions for vambrace


a piece of armour used to protect the arm
Derived Forms
vambraced, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French vauntbras, from vaunt- (from Old French avant- fore-) + bras arm
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