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a. A piece of armor for protecting the breast and back, often consisting of two pieces fastened together.
b. The front piece of this armor.
2. Zoology A protective covering of bony plates or scales.

[Middle English curas, from Old French curasse, probably alteration (influenced by Old French cuir, leather) of Old Provençal coirassa, from Late Latin coriācea (vestis), leather (garment), feminine of coriāceus, from Latin corium, hide; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a piece of armour, of leather or metal covering the chest and back
2. (Zoology) a hard outer protective covering of some animals, consisting of shell, plate, or scales
3. (Nautical Terms) any similar protective covering, as on a ship
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (tr) to equip with a cuirass
[C15: from French cuirasse, from Late Latin coriacea, from coriaceus made of leather, from Latin corium leather]



1. plate armor covering the torso from neck to waist.
2. either of the two plates of a cuirass.
3. any similar covering, as a ship's armor.
4. a hard shell or other covering on an animal forming a defensive shield.
5. to equip or cover with a cuirass.
[1425–75; late Middle English curas < Middle French curasse, variant of cuirasse < Late Latin coriācea, n. use of feminine of coriāceus (adj.) leather = Latin cori(um) leather + -āceus -aceous]


Past participle: cuirassed
Gerund: cuirassing

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuirass - medieval body armor that covers the chest and backcuirass - medieval body armor that covers the chest and back
backplate - plate armor protecting the back; worn as part of a cuirass
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body


nKürass m, → Brustharnisch m
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There was a steel head-piece, a cuirass, a gorget and greaves, with a pair of gauntlets and a sword hanging beneath; all, and especially the helmet and breastplate, so highly burnished as to glow with white radiance, and scatter an illumination everywhere about upon the floor.
Traversing the long and matted gallery, I descended the slippery steps of oak; then I gained the hall: I halted there a minute; I looked at some pictures on the walls (one, I remember, represented a grim man in a cuirass, and one a lady with powdered hair and a pearl necklace), at a bronze lamp pendent from the ceiling, at a great clock whose case was of oak curiously carved, and ebon black with time and rubbing.
What cuirass, however thick, could withstand the blows of his spur?
Many citizens, seeing the women flying toward the High Street, leaving their children crying at the open doors, hastened to don the cuirass, and supporting their somewhat uncertain courage with a musket or a partisan, directed their steps toward the hostelry of the Jolly Miller, before which was gathered, increasing every minute, a compact group, vociferous and full of curiosity.
And with the furniture of peace, the implements of war had likewise disappeared; the sword was broken, the helm and cuirass were cast away forever; the soldier had done with battles, and might not lift so much as his naked hand to guard his head.
He is cased in a cuirass of double-fold deer skin, and carries a bull's hide shield; he is forked in a Moorish saddle, high before and behind; his feet are thrust into wooden box stirrups, of Moorish fashion, and a tremendous pair of iron spurs, fastened by chains, jingle at his heels.
First he greaved his legs with greaves of good make and fitted with ancle-clasps of silver; after this he donned the cuirass of his brother Lycaon, and fitted it to his own body; he hung his silver-studded sword of bronze about his shoulders, and then his mighty shield.
Through shield and cuirass it went, and tore the shirt by his flank, but Alexandrus swerved aside, and thus saved his life.
I am a rascal and in my dotage; I am an unhappy wretch grown old; a tent-cord untwisted, a pierced cuirass, a boot without a sole, a spur without a rowel; -- but do me the pleasure to add one thing.
The very children were arming themselves, and there were even cripples in bowls who, in armor and cuirass, made their way between the legs of the drinkers, like great beetles.
So long as Aramis continued a soldier, there was hope of getting the better of him; but since he has covered his cuirass with a stole, we are lost.
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