[ gam-buh-suh n ]
/ ˈgæm bə sən /

noun Armor.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gambeson


/ (ˈɡæmbɪsən) /


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

Word Origin for gambeson

C13: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wamba belly; see womb
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