hauberk

noun

hau·​berk ˈhȯ-(ˌ)bərk How to pronounce hauberk (audio)
: a tunic of chain mail worn as defensive armor from the 12th to the 14th century

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On tournament day, to the king’s great chagrin, Each one left his hauberk behind at the inn. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 21 July 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hauberk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hauberk. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hauberk

noun
hau·​berk ˈhȯ-(ˌ)bərk How to pronounce hauberk (audio)
: a tunic of chain mail worn as defensive armor from the 12th to the 14th century

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