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Flexible body armor of small metal plates or rings, often covered with cloth.
[Middle English, from Old French, armor for a skirmisher, from brigand, skirmisher; see brigand.]
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a coat of mail, invented in the Middle Ages to increase mobility, consisting of metal rings or sheets sewn on to cloth or leather
[C15: from Old French, from brigand + -ine1]
brig•an•dine(ˈbrɪg ənˌdin, -ˌdaɪn)
flexible body armor of overlapping plates or scales.
[1425–75; late Middle English brigandyn < Middle French brigandine]