Entry from British & World English dictionary
A piece of chain mail attached to the headpiece and protecting the neck and shoulders: Turkish helmets fitted with a camail
More example sentences
- The thin plate which covered the edge of the camail is perforated with trefoil decoration.
- By the middle of the century the crowns had been lowered, the skull piece extended to cover the sides and back of the head, and the camail added.
- The basinets were formed into a sharp point, with a camail attached.
Early 19th century: French, from Provençal capmalh, from cap 'head' + malh mail2.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.