chanfron

chanfron

[chan-fruhn]
noun
a piece of plate armor for defending a horse's head.
Also, chamfron.
Also called frontstall.


Origin:
late Middle English shamfron < Anglo-French, Old French champfrein, perhaps for *chafrein (with -m- perhaps from chamfrein chamfer, though the senses are unrelated), noun derivative of chafre(s)ner literally, to put a bridle on < Vulgar Latin *cap(um) head (for caput; see chief) + *-frenāre, verbal derivative of Latin frēnum bridle

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chamfron, chamfrain or chanfron (ˈtʃæmfrən)
 
n
a piece of armour for a horse's head
 
[C14: from Old French chanfrein, from chafresner to harness, from chief head + frener to bridle]
 
chamfrain, chamfrain or chanfron
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French chanfrein, from chafresner to harness, from chief head + frener to bridle]
 
chanfron, chamfrain or chanfron
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French chanfrein, from chafresner to harness, from chief head + frener to bridle]

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