- a quilted garment worn under mail.
Origin of gambeson
1300–50; Middle English ga(u)mbeson a military tunic < Old French gambison, gambeison, probably < Germanic
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Examples from the Web for gambeson
The "Aketon" appears to be but another name for the gambeson.
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 gambeson is shown on Fig. 9, appearing beneath the edge of the hauberk just above the knee.
Quilted garments were still worn, either as the sole defence or as a gambeson under the mail.
The Gambeson (or Wambasium,) was a quilted garment, used either alone, or with other armour.
- a quilted and padded or stuffed leather or cloth garment worn under chain mail in the Middle Ages and later as a doublet by men and women
C13: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wamba belly; see womb