ventail

noun ven·tail \ ˈven-ˌtāl \

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


Learn More about ventail


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ventail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!