cuirass

[ kwi-ras ]
/ kwɪˈræs /

noun

Also called corselet. defensive armor for the torso comprising a breastplate and backplate, originally made of leather.
either of the plates forming such armor.
any similar covering, as the protective armor of a ship.
Zoology. a hard shell or other covering forming an indurated defensive shield.

verb (used with object)

to equip or cover with a cuirass.

QUIZZES

TAKE THIS QUIZ TO SEE WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL PUNCTUATION!

Commas mark divisions in sentences. Periods end declarative sentences. Apostrophes show possession. Easy, right? Well, punctuation can get pretty tricky—fast. Think you got what it takes to be a punctuation expert? Take our quiz to prove it!
Question 1 of 10
Which of the options below is the best punctuation for the sentence? It__s your turn to pick the movie __ but your sister gets to pick the board game we _ re going to play.

Origin of cuirass

1425–75; < French cuirasse < Late Latin coriācea, noun use of feminine of coriāceus (adj.) leather, equivalent to Latin cori(um) leather + -āceus -aceous; replacing late Middle English curas < Middle French curasse, variant of cuirasse
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for cuirass

British Dictionary definitions for cuirass

cuirass
/ (kwɪˈræs) /

noun

a piece of armour, of leather or metal covering the chest and back
a hard outer protective covering of some animals, consisting of shell, plate, or scales
any similar protective covering, as on a ship

verb

(tr) to equip with a cuirass

Word Origin for cuirass

C15: from French cuirasse, from Late Latin coriacea, from coriaceus made of leather, from Latin corium leather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012