(in the 15th and 16th centuries) a flap or cover for the crotch in men's hose or tight-fitting breeches, usually matching the costume and often decorated.
Obsolete, penis.

1400–50; late Middle English. See cod2, piece Unabridged
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codpiece (ˈkɒdˌpiːs)
a bag covering the male genitals, attached to hose or breeches by laces, etc, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries
[C15: from cod² + piece]

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Word Origin & History

1460, "a bagged appendage to the front of the breeches; often conspicuous" [OED], from O.E. codd "a bag, pouch," in M.E., "testicles."
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pouchlike addition to men's long hose, located at the crotch, worn first in the 15th century. It came into fashion with hose that were like tights and continued to be worn with breeches, or trousers. An earlier, narrower form of codpiece, worn with a belt or loincloth instead of hose or tights, was the basic fashion for men in the Aegean area during the Bronze Age.

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