[ shohs ]

noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. medieval armor of mail for the legs and feet.

  2. tights worn by men in medieval times over the legs and feet.

Origin of chausses

1350–1400; Middle English chauces<Middle French, plural of chauce ≪ Latin calceus shoe, equivalent to calc- (stem of calx) heel + -eus-eous

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How to use chausses in a sentence

  • In the first of these illustrations only the front of the leg is covered, and the chausses are laced at the back.

    Armour &amp; Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
  • The gambeson appearing below the chausses, but covering the chaussons of mail, forming an extra protection to the knee.

    Armour in England | J. Starkie Gardner
  • The surcoat and the chausses were essential features of the period.

    Chats on Military Curios | Stanley C. Johnson
  • chausses, which had been generally worn up to this period, began to give place to the separate breeches and hose.

  • Its removal was ordered, and in the same year chausses were built across the fen, one to Hoxton and another to Islington.

British Dictionary definitions for chausses


/ (ʃəʊs) /

  1. (functioning as singular) a tight-fitting medieval garment covering the feet and legs, usually made of chain mail

Origin of chausses

C15: from Old French chauces, plural of chauce leg-covering, from Medieval Latin calcea, from Latin calceus shoe, from calx heel

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