[ greevz ]
/ grivz /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

Origin of greaves

1605–15; < Low German greven; cognate with Old High German griubo, German Grieben

Definition for greaves (2 of 2)


[ 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 greaves (1 of 3)


/ (ɡriːvz) /

pl n

the residue left after the rendering of tallow

Word Origin for greaves

C17: from Low German greven; related to Old High German griubo

British Dictionary definitions for greaves (2 of 3)


/ (ɡriːvz) /


Jimmy. born 1940, English footballer and television commentator on the sport; played for a number of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea; scored 44 goals in 57 matches for England (1959–67)

British Dictionary definitions for greaves (3 of 3)


/ (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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