- a piece of plate armor for the leg between the knee and the ankle, usually composed of front and back pieces.
Origin of greave
1300–50; Middle English greves (plural) < Old French < ?
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Examples from the Web for greave
He, Hawberk, had negotiated for and secured the greave, and now the suit was complete.
Did you continue the search so persistently without any certainty of the greave being still in existence?
A greave was worn on the right leg, and the helmet was of bronze with a crest of three feathers.
Damned if it doesn't look like a greave the old Greek warriors used to wear to protect their shins.
Suddenly alarmed and mystified beyond words, he shuffled forward over the snow, the greave yet clutched in a fur gloved hand.
And when he came he cast his spear, striking the leg below the knee, but the greave turned off the spear, so strong was it.Stories of the Old world
Alfred John Church
One of them must have gnawed on my ankle some, between the greave and the heel-plate, but he couldn't quite get through.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
- (often plural) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee
C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin
Word Origin and History for greave
leg armor, c.1300, from Old French greve "shin, armor for the leg" (12c.), of unknown origin. [Klein suggests it ultimately is from Egyptian Arabic gaurab "stocking, apparel for the leg."]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper