Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of byrnie in English:
A coat of mail: the byrnie could not withstand solid blows with the axe
More example sentences
- He said that his armour was almost useless, his byrnie broken, his helmet burst open.
- In common we all share sword, helmet, byrnie, the trappings of war.
- The mail byrnie of the Vikings had been sufficient to give reasonable protection to the fighting man at close quarters from the sword-blows of his adversary.
Middle English: from Old Norse brynja.
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