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[brig-uh n-deen, -dahyn]
noun Armor.
  1. a flexible body armor of overlapping steel plates with an exterior covering of linen, velvet, leather, etc.
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Origin of brigandine

1425–75; late Middle English brigandyn < Middle French brigandine. See brigand, -ine2
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Historical Examples of brigandine

  • There were only foure armed men in this brigandine: these did stand at the brigandines side to defend it.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, Volume XIV (of 16)

    Richard Hakluyt

  • The next moment a bullet struck against his brigandine, but without doing him any injury.

    Guy Fawkes

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • A brigandine was a coat of leather or quilted linen, with small iron plates sewed on.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for brigandine


  1. a coat of mail, invented in the Middle Ages to increase mobility, consisting of metal rings or sheets sewn on to cloth or leather
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Word Origin for brigandine

C15: from Old French, from brigand + -ine 1
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