coat of mail


a long defensive garment made of interlinked metal rings; hauberk; byrnie.

Origin of coat of mail

1480–90; parallel to French cotte de mailles Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coat of mail

mail, hauberk

Examples from the Web for coat of mail

Historical Examples of coat of mail

  • Thomas by his last will bequeathed the sword and coat-of-mail of this worthy to his son.


    F. Edward Hulme

  • Mary had pierced the coat-of-mail in which the roué was encased; probably her very indifference was her most fatal weapon.

    General Bounce

    G. J. Whyte-Melville

  • It was an early term for short coats, jackets, and a sort of coat-of-mail or defensive lorica, or upper garment.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Do you really believe what so many fools have said about me, viz, that I was in the habit of wearing a coat-of-mail?

  • Then Dick held up the coat-of-mail, and the helmet, and the two-handed sword.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads

    Elizabeth W. Grierson

British Dictionary definitions for coat of mail

coat of mail


a protective garment made of linked metal rings (mail) or of overlapping metal plates; hauberk
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