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 (brĭg′ən-dēn′, -dīn′)
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.]


(ˈbrɪɡənˌdiːn; -ˌdaɪn)
(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]


(ˈbrɪg ənˌdin, -ˌdaɪn)

flexible body armor of overlapping plates or scales.
[1425–75; late Middle English brigandyn < Middle French brigandine]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brigandine - a medieval coat of chain mail consisting of metal rings sewn onto leather or clothbrigandine - a medieval coat of chain mail consisting of metal rings sewn onto leather or cloth
chain armor, chain armour, chain mail, ring armor, ring armour, ring mail, mail - (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
References in classic literature ?
A straight sword by his side and a painted long-bow jutting over his shoulder proclaimed his profession, while his scarred brigandine of chain-mail and his dinted steel cap showed that he was no holiday soldier, but one who was even now fresh from the wars.
He had thrown off his steel cap and his brigandine, and had placed them with his sword, his quiver and his painted long-bow, on the top of his varied heap of plunder in the corner.
61) This point is consistent with that of Douglas Northrop, who claims that Calidore "must fight through his brigandine desires to possess and to benefit from Pastorella in order to get beyond his self-seeking retreat from duty.