[poo r-point, -pwant]


a stuffed and quilted doublet worn by men from the 14th to 17th centuries.

Origin of pourpoint

1350–1400; < French, noun use of past participle of pourpoindre to quilt, perforate, equivalent to pour-, for par- (< Latin per) through + poindre (< Latin pungere to prick, pierce; see point); replacing Middle English purpont < Anglo-Latin purpunctus
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Examples from the Web for pourpoint

Historical Examples of pourpoint

  • I had but time to seize Michelot by the collar of his pourpoint and draw him towards me.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "And I, 'Swim my friend,'" cried the advocate, laughing like the gap of a pourpoint.

    Droll Stories, Complete

    Honore de Balzac

  • Dick-o'-the-Gyves attempted to trip him up, John Catchpole seized him by the collar of his pourpoint.

  • He has a large black cap on his head, and his pourpoint, mantle, and wide and embroidered sleeves are yellow.

  • The pourpoint was worn over the hauberk, but sometimes it was worn alone, the hauberk being omitted for the sake of lightness.

British Dictionary definitions for pourpoint



a man's stuffed quilted doublet of a kind worn between the Middle Ages and the 17th century

Word Origin for pourpoint

C15: from Old French, from pourpoindre to stick, from pour- variant of par-, from Latin per through + poindre to pierce, from Latin pungere to puncture
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