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A piece of armor used to protect the front of a horse's head in late medieval times.

[Middle English chaumfrein, shamfron, from Old French chanfrein : Latin cāmus, horse-muzzle, heavy necklace (from Greek kēmos) + Latin frēnum, bridle, bit; see frenum.]


(ˈtʃæmfrən) or




(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a piece of armour for a horse's head
[C14: from Old French chanfrein, from chafresner to harness, from chief head + frener to bridle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chamfron - medieval plate armor to protect a horse's headchamfron - medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head
armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour - specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
References in classic literature ?
So silent and still were they, that they might have been metal-sheathed statues, were it not for the occasional quick, impatient stamp of their chargers, or the rattle of chamfron against neck-plates as they tossed and strained.
uf had got nigh to him with his uplifted sword; but ere the blow could descend, the Sable Knight dealt a stroke on his head, which, glancing from the polished helmet, lighted with violence scarcely abated on the chamfron of the steed, and Front-de-B
Careful detail combines with expressive verve: the chamfron is set at a jaunty angle above the haunting eyes of a cavalry mask-helmet lying on its side; the visor of another upturned helmet looks like the face of a fat bird.