chain mail


Definition of chain mail

: flexible armor of interlinked metal rings

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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 The all-black selection of dresses, bustiers, and trousers were lined with golden fringe or black chain mail, providing something for Burberry shoppers young and old to wear after dark. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "10 Key Things to Know From Riccardo Tisci’s 134-Look Burberry Debut," 17 Sep. 2018 There was also a delightful pair of short boots on which the heel was covered with free-hanging chain mail that appeared to shimmy and dance with each step. Adam Tschorn,, "Paris Fashion Week goes to the prairie at Chloé and Isabel Marant," 2 Mar. 2018 Protect your hand from the oyster knife (you’ll need one) with a folded kitchen towel or a glove (Alvarado’s is made of chain mail). Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Shuck an Oyster," 27 June 2018 In one of the biggest style statements of the night, Blac Chyna arrived wearing a silver, two-piece chain mail-like ensemble. Jillian Ruffo,, "2018 Bet Awards Style Highlights: Blac Chyna's Silver Hair, Janelle Monáe's Pride Gown and More!," 25 June 2018 Zendaya and Kim Kardashian West were Versace holy warriors, glowing in liquid chain mail, just minus the flaming swords. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of chain mail

1822, in the meaning defined above

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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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