Definition of coat of mail in English:

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coat of mail

Pronunciation: /ˌkōt əv ˈmāl/


A jacket covered with or composed of metal rings or plates, serving as armor.
Example sentences
  • In the first millennium ad the most widely owned, and commonly depicted, form of body armour was the coat of mail.
  • Every knight, for example, was to have a hauberk, helmet, shield, and lance, whilst lesser men with rent or chattels valued at 10 marks were to possess a short coat of mail, an iron headpiece, and a lance.
  • Beowulf is given a glorious gold banner, a helmet, a coat of mail, and an ancient sword.

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