chain mail


Definition of chain mail

: flexible armor of interlinked metal rings

Examples of chain mail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But all that pales in comparison to the fact that these guys have chain mail-like osteoderms (bony deposits)—essentially, a coat of armor—under their scales making them the most badass lizards on Earth. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Why Komodo Dragons are the Toughest Lizards on Earth," 29 Sep. 2019 Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have recently discovered that komodo dragons grow osteoderms in their skin that closely resembles chain mail. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Why Komodo Dragons are the Toughest Lizards on Earth," 29 Sep. 2019 For one of his more regular acting jobs, Muir dresses up in chain mail and leather as Sir William Wallace, recounting to tourists how the 13th century Scottish independence hero defeated English invaders in the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge. Washington Post, "Brexit breathes life back into Scottish independence push," 4 Sep. 2019 The Louis Vuitton ambassador has been serving up some major looks throughout the tour including a tiny LBD by Mugler in Paris and a killer Paco Rabanne chain mail dress at the Chasing Happiness premiere in Los Angeles. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Tried to "Make Out" While Filming Game of Thrones," 6 June 2019 Maya’s dress, designed by Lebanese American fashion designer Rami Kadi, resembles a more delicate version of chain mail and included a cape-like top. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Calling It Now, Rainbow Dresses Are The Next Big Thing," 29 May 2019 Last year, Donatella Versace designed a custom chain mail gown for Kardashian West to wear to the Met Gala, inspired by one of the iconic bejeweled cross dresses from Gianni’s Fall 1987 Atelier Versace show. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Runway to Kim’s Way: A Fashion Compendium on Kardashian West’s Obsession With Vintage Versace," 19 Apr. 2019 There’s a Raiders fan in your family who spent $1,000 on chain mail and silver face-paint before the season began and is going to spend the day weeping softly in the garage. Jason Gay, WSJ, "27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football," 19 Nov. 2018 In the end, my chaotic neutral Elf with the incomplete chain mail armor lost, badly. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of chain mail

1822, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2019

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“Chain mail.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of chain mail

: a kind of protective clothing (called armor) that is made up of many tiny metal rings that are linked together and that was worn by knights and soldiers in the Middle Ages

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