noun Armor.

a piece for the knee, made of plate or leather.

Origin of poleyn

1350–1400; Middle English poleyn, polayne < Old French po(u)lain < ?
Also called knee cop.
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Historical Examples of poleyn

  • I would fain see these youths; said you not they were but youths, Poleyn?

    The Lord of Dynevor

    Evelyn Everett-Green

British Dictionary definitions for poleyn



a piece of armour for protecting the kneeAlso called: kneecap

Word Origin for poleyn

from Old French polain
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