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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for greaved


  1. (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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Word Origin and History for greaved



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."]

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