Definition of vambrace in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvambrās/


A piece of armor for the arm, especially the forearm.
Example sentences
  • He shrugged his shoulders, trying to get comfortable in his suit of chainmail, but his vambraces were making his forearm feel heavy.
  • He was now clad in only his cotton tunic and trousers with the leather vambraces remaining on his forearms, his riding boots and a belt around his lean waist.
  • The vambrace features a rolled edge and carries the same design as the proceeding plates.


Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French shortening of Old French avantbras, from avant 'before' + bras 'arm'. Compare with vamplate.

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Syllabification: vam·brace

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