chain mail


Definition of chain mail 

: flexible armor of interlinked metal rings

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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 This thanks to his embrace of seemingly every permutation of the brand’s signature futuristic plastic disc and chain mail dresses. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Elephant in the Dressing Room," 2 Mar. 2018 Authentic helmets – of tooled leather and carved metal, corroded after a millennium underground, often with chain mail hanging – are on show next to metal swords decorated with Indian garnets. Susan Dunne,, "Viking Artifacts, Vinland Map On Display At Mystic Seaport," 22 May 2018 The actress’ Ralph Lauren strapless gown was paired with an embellished gold chain mail coif reminiscent of a medieval knight, an emphatic nod to the theme of the night, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Cady Lang, Time, "Priyanka Chopra Stuns in an Elegant Dress at the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Elsewhere, there are flintlock rifles and camel saddlebags; kilims and suzanis; chain mail shirts and Tartar helmets. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 Her invitation was not lost in the mail—or the chain mail! Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "What If Joan of Arc Went to the Met Ball?," 3 May 2018

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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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