Definition of ventail
: the lower movable front of a medieval helmet
Origin and Etymology of ventail
Middle English ventaile, borrowed from Anglo-French ventaille, from venter “to blow, fan” (derivative of vent “wind,” going back to Latin ventus) + -aille, deverbal and denominal suffix, originally collective (going back to Latin -ālia 2-al) — more at 1wind
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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