gambeson

noun gam·be·son \ˈgambəsən, -bəzən\

Definition of gambeson

plural

-s

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of gambeson

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


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