cui·​rass | \ kwi-ˈras How to pronounce cuirass (audio) , kyu̇- \

Definition of cuirass

1 : a piece of armor covering the body from neck to waist also : the breastplate of such a piece
2 : something (such as bony plates covering an animal) resembling a cuirass

Other Words from cuirass

cuirassed \ kwi-​ˈrast How to pronounce cuirass (audio) , kyu̇-​ \ adjective

Examples of cuirass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My favourite application of bronze has always been the cuirass (breastplate), shield, spear, sword and greaves of the Spartan soldiers. Wei Koh, A-LIST, 3 Apr. 2018 The remains of the tunic-like garment, known as a cuirass, are held in the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. James Rogers, Fox News, 26 Mar. 2018 The cuirass suffered damage during the excavation, likely while being removed from its original box and when an attempt was made to unfold it. James Rogers, Fox News, 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cuirass

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cuirass

Middle English curas, from Middle French cuirasse, probably from Old Occitan coirassa, from Late Latin coreacea, feminine of coreaceus leathern, from Latin corium skin, leather; akin to Old English heortha deerskin, Latin cortex bark, Greek keirein to cut — more at shear

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“Cuirass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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cui·​rass | \ kwi-ˈras, kyu̇- How to pronounce cuirass (audio) \

Medical Definition of cuirass

1 : a plaster cast for the trunk and neck
2 : a respirator that covers the chest or the chest and abdomen and provides artificial respiration by means of an electric pump

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