plural -s
: a medieval garment of stuffed and quilted cloth or leather originally worn under the hauberk as a pad but later used alone as a defensive garment

Word History


Middle English gambesoun, from Middle French gambeson, gambeison, from Old French, augmentative of gambais, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wamba belly

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“Gambeson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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