- the pivoted middle element of a face defense of a close helmet.
- a flap of mail attached to a coif and fastened across the lower part of the face during combat.
Origin of ventail
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Examples from the Web for ventail
She puts on his hauberk with its strong meshes, and laces on his ventail.
It has a tilting helmet with visor in two pieces, and a shutter in the ventail; the leg-armour is still complete.Spanish Arms and Armour
Albert F. Calvert
The upper part is the visor, to admit of vision, the lower the ventail, to admit of breathing.
I fail to see why; the weapon that pierced a ventail would pass into the head, and inflict a death-wound.
The other drags him by the helmet, tearing all the fastening, and he strikes from his head the ventail and the gleaming coif.
- (in medieval armour) a covering for the lower part of the face
C14: from Old French ventaille sluice, from vent wind, from Latin ventus