[ ven-teyl ]
/ ˈvɛn teɪl /


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.
Also aventail.

Origin of ventail

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French ventaille, equivalent to vent (< Latin ventus wind1) + -aille -al2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ventail

/ (ˈvɛnteɪl) /


(in medieval armour) a covering for the lower part of the face

Word Origin for ventail

C14: from Old French ventaille sluice, from vent wind, from Latin ventus
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