chain mail


Definition of chain mail

: flexible armor of interlinked metal rings

Examples of chain mail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And although the variants have opened up gaps in that chain mail, the pliancy built into our bodies can at least buy time to repair them. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "The Virus Is Evolving. But So Are Your Antibodies," 12 Feb. 2021 Make a bold statement with this gold chain mail face mask. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 5 Nov. 2020 Just make sure to only wash the mask lining and wipe down the outer chain mail. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 5 Nov. 2020 Their manes, which are very thick and extend to cover their necks, provide crucial protection, almost like medieval chain mail. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Do Scientists Record Sounds From the Sun? And More Questions From Our Readers," 10 Mar. 2020 That was certainly true of the chain mail links analyzed for the current study. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "X-rayed artifacts from famed shipwreck shed light on secrets of Tudor armor," 5 May 2020 In Tom Ford’s Fall/Winter fashion show, supermodels Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid wore a revealing silver chain mail dress and completely see-through black lace gown, respectively. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Return of the naked dress: Sheer fashion is back on red carpets, runways and retail," 28 Feb. 2020 The Fold was originally listed at 263g when it was first unveiled, but during the redesign Samsung added metal chain mail under the flexible display for more protection. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung Galaxy Fold review: The future is an ugly disappointment," 24 Jan. 2020 And armoring, of the most alluring kind: Saoirse Ronan’s hints of crystal chain mail, and the power shoulders of Isabelle Huppert and Gal Gadot. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Golden Globes’ 500 Shades of Black: Did It Work?," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of chain mail

1822, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2021

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“Chain mail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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