byrnie


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byrnie

(ˈbɜːnɪ)
n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) an archaic word for coat of mail
[Old English byrne; related to Old Norse brynja, Gothic brunjō, Old High German brunnia coat of mail, Old Irish bruinne breast]
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Noun1.byrnie - a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armorbyrnie - a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armor
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 ?
But I ween this war fire is hot, fierce and poisonous; therefore have I on me shield and byrnie.
For him, then did the people of the Geats prepare upon the earth a funeral pile, strong, hung round with helmets, with war boards and bright byrnies as he had requested.
The Emperor rides forth in very noble fashion, He has exposed his beard to view, on his byrnie.
Love you always, your heartbroken daughter Diane, Byrnie, Sophie and Chloe.
Beowulf spoke--on him a byrnie shone, an ingeniously wrought net sewn by the skill of smiths.
Our thanks to Matthew Byrnie at Routledge for permission to publish this essay.