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[chan-fruh n]
  1. a piece of plate armor for defending a horse's head.
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Also chamfron.

Origin of chanfron

late Middle English shamfron < Anglo-French, Old French champfrein, perhaps for *chafrein (with -m- perhaps from chamfrein chamfer, though the senses are unrelated), noun derivative of chafre(s)ner literally, to put a bridle on < Vulgar Latin *cap(um) head (for caput; see chief) + *-frenāre, verbal derivative of Latin frēnum bridle
Also called frontstall.
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Historical Examples

  • Hercules as a child again appears amid embossed foliations on the chanfron.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

  • The crouptière and estival, together with the chanfron, were of the most costly description.