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corselet

Line breaks: corse|let
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːs(ə)lɪt
 
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Definition of corselet in English:

noun

1 historical A piece of armour covering the trunk.
Example sentences
  • Placed on the bench above each retainer, his crested helmet, his linked corselet and sturdy spear shaft were plainly to be seen…
  • Other commanders wore bright cloaks or gold-inlaid corselets to insure their recognition on the battlefield.
  • His upper body was encased in a corselet, and a belt about his waist held a sheathed shortsword.
2 variant spelling of corselette.

Origin

late 15th century: from Old French corslet, diminutive of cors 'body'.

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