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coat of mail

a long defensive garment made of interlinked metal rings; hauberk; byrnie.
Origin of coat of mail
1480-90; parallel to French cotte de mailles Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Swung by the strong arms of the Alpine herdsmen it would cleave helmet, shield, or coat-of-mail,66 like pasteboard.

  • Thomas by his last will bequeathed the sword and coat-of-mail of this worthy to his son.

    Myth-Land F. Edward Hulme
  • It was an early term for short coats, jackets, and a sort of coat-of-mail or defensive lorica, or upper garment.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Mary had pierced the coat-of-mail in which the roué was encased; probably her very indifference was her most fatal weapon.

    General Bounce G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Do you really believe what so many fools have said about me, viz, that I was in the habit of wearing a coat-of-mail?

  • Then Dick held up the coat-of-mail, and the helmet, and the two-handed sword.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • The chevalier in coat-of-mail had been killed in the battle of the Mansourah during the first crusade of St. Louis.

    Gerfaut, Complete Charles de Bernard
  • Bruce himself had more than once to fling off his coat-of-mail and scramble barefoot for very life up the crags.

British Dictionary definitions for coat-of-mail

coat of mail

a protective garment made of linked metal rings (mail) or of overlapping metal plates; hauberk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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coat-of-mail in the Bible

"a corselet of scales," a cuirass formed of pieces of metal overlapping each other, like fish-scales (1 Sam. 17:5); also (38) a corselet or garment thus encased.

the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning "glittering" (1 Sam. 17:5, 38). The same word in the plural form is translated "habergeons" in 2 Chr. 26:14 and Neh. 4:16. The "harness" (1 Kings 22:34), "breastplate" (Isa. 59:17), and "brigandine" (Jer. 46:4), were probably also corselets or coats of mail. (See ARMOUR.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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