[ chan-fruh n ]
/ ˈtʃæn frən /
a piece of plate armor for defending a horse's head.
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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