ventail

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noun ven·tail \ˈven-ˌtāl\

Definition of ventail

  1. :  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 century

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