- a piece of plate armor for the forearm; a lower cannon.Compare rerebrace.
- plate armor for the arm, usually including upper and lower cannons and a couter.
Origin of vambrace
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The Vambrace is worn under the sleeve of the hauberk, and not, as in the preceding example, over the mail.
The vambrace is generally rigid, either a solid tube or hinged on the outside and fastened on the inside by straps or hooks.
The fore-arm is covered with the plates of a vambrace which appears from under the hawberk sleeve.
- a piece of armour used to protect the arm
C14: from Anglo-French vauntbras, from vaunt- (from Old French avant- fore-) + bras arm
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