plural -s
: one of the horizontal overlapping bands forming a short skirt in late medieval armor

Word History


French tonnelet, from Middle French, probably from diminutive of tonnel, tonel cask, barrel; from the resemblance of the bands to staves of a barrel

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“Tonlet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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