Definition of vamplate in English:

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vamplate

Pronunciation: /ˈvampleɪt/

noun

historical
A circular plate on a spear or lance designed to protect the hand.
Example sentences
  • The lance tends to slide backwards, and so a roundel is developed either ahead of the hand as a vamplate, or in front of the armpit as a ring or grapper.
  • The edge of the central hole is pierced with three holes for the nails that attached the vamplates to a lance.
  • We don't see lances with vamplates until the 14th century, so until that point, any spear is a potential lance as well.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French vauntplate, from avant 'before' + plate 'thin plate'. Compare with vambrace.

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