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A piece of armor used to protect the forearm.

[Middle English vambras, from Anglo-Norman vauntbras : vaunt (variant of Old French avaunt, before; see vanguard) + bras, arm; see bracer2.]


(ˈvæmbreɪs) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a piece of armour used to protect the arm
[C14: from Anglo-French vauntbras, from vaunt- (from Old French avant- fore-) + bras arm]
ˈvambraced adj


(ˈvæm breɪs)

armor for the forearm.
[1300–50; Middle English va(u)mbras < Anglo-French (a)vantbras=avant- fore- (see avaunt) + bras arm (see brace)]
vam′braced, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vambrace - cannon of plate armor protecting the forearmvambrace - cannon of plate armor protecting the forearm
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
cannon - (Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
References in classic literature ?
Sir Thomas Percy met with little better success, for his shield was split, his vambrace torn and he himself wounded slightly in the side.
Five hundred Licchavis equipped with leather vambraces and finger-protectors followed behind King Bimbisara.
The complete look appears on the left, while the right displays the individual parts--the helmet, gorget, pauldrons, couters, vambraces, gauntlets--all highly detailed, colored, and set against a pale ground.