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chausses

[shohs]
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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.
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Origin of chausses

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

  • The surcoat and the chausses were essential features of the period.

    Chats on Military Curios

    Stanley C. Johnson

  • 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

  • Hosen wiute vampez, stockings without feet; the chausses were usually footed.

  • 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

  • Father John of Gatesden boldly throws aside alb and chasuble to don the knightly hauberk and chausses in good earnest.


British Dictionary definitions for chausses

chausses

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

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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