chain mail

noun

Definition of chain mail

: flexible armor of interlinked metal rings

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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, latimes.com, "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, PEOPLE.com, "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, courant.com, "Viking Artifacts, Vinland Map On Display At Mystic Seaport," 22 May 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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chain mail

noun

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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