bra·​con·​nière | \ ¦brakən¦ye(ə)r\
plural -s

Definition of braconnière

: a 16th century piece of armor for the thighs consisting of a short skirt of narrow hoop-shaped plates of steel overlapping one another and moving freely

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for braconnière

French, from Middle French braconniere, bragonniere, probably from Old Italian braconi, plural, wide breeches worn by halberdiers, augmentative of braca breeches, from Latin braca

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about braconnière

Share braconnière

Statistics for braconnière

Look-up Popularity

Comments on braconnière

What made you want to look up braconnière? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!