hau·​berk | \ ˈhȯ-(ˌ)bərk How to pronounce hauberk (audio) \

Definition of hauberk

: a tunic of chain mail worn as defensive armor from the 12th to the 14th century

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First Known Use of hauberk

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hauberk

Middle English hauberk, haubrek, borrowed from Anglo-French hauberc (also continental Old French), borrowed from Old Low Franconian *halsberg- (cognate with Old English healsbearh, halsbearh "mail tunic," Middle Dutch halsberch, Old High German halsberg, halsberga), from Germanic *halsa- "neck" + *-berga-, *-bergō- "protection" — more at harbor entry 1, collar entry 1

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The first known use of hauberk was in the 14th century

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3 Sep 2020

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“Hauberk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hauberk. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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