: armor for the shin

Examples of greave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Killing a man in full bronze armor—helmet, breastplate, greaves—was not an easy task. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 Each hoplite wielded an eight-foot spear made of ash, while his body armor consisted of a breastplate, helmet, and greaves, all made of bronze. National Geographic, 6 Feb. 2020 And the film is worth watching for one gesture alone, as the Dauphin (Robert Pattinson), Hal’s opposite number, lounges languidly, in his matte-black breastplate and greaves, above the fray. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2019 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

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Word History


Middle English greve, from Anglo-French

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greave was in the 14th century

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“Greave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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