[ greev ]
/ griv /

noun Armor.

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 < ?
Also called jamb, jambeau.
Related formsgreaved, adjective
Can be confusedgreave grieve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for greave


/ (ɡriːv) /


(often plural) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee

Derived Formsgreaved, adjective

Word Origin for greave

C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin
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