Origin of camail

1660–70; < French < Old Provençal capmalh, equivalent to cap head (see chief) + malh mail2
Related formsca·mailed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for camail

Historical Examples of camail

  • Like his brother-in-arms, at Puig, he wears the camail and hauberk.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

  • The jupon was a garment which covered the body from the camail to just above the knees.

    Chats on Military Curios

    Stanley C. Johnson

  • A high collar of steel was next added as a substitute for the camail.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • In these brasses we find that the camail has become the Standard of Mail, or collarette, worn under the gorget of plate.

    Armour &amp; Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes

  • The Bassinet with camail attached is not a characteristic of this century, though isolated examples may perhaps be found.

British Dictionary definitions for camail



armour a neck and shoulders covering of mail worn with and laced to the basinet
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