[men-tuhn-yair; French mahn-taw-nyer]
noun, plural mentonnières [men-tuhn-yairz; French mahn-taw-nyer] . Armor.
any of various plate pieces for protecting the lower part of the face, as a beaver.

1815–25; < French, equivalent to menton chin + -ière, feminine of -ier -ier2; see brassiere Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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