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 (hăb′ər-jən) also hau·ber·geon (hô′-)
1. A short, sleeveless coat of mail.
2. A hauberk.

[Middle English, from Old French hauberjon, from hauberc, hauberk; see hauberk.]
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(ˈhæbədʒən) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a light sleeveless coat of mail worn in the 14th century under the plated hauberk
[C14: from Old French haubergeon a little hauberk]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.habergeon - (Middle Ages) a light sleeveless coat of chain mail worn under the hauberk
chain armor, chain armour, chain mail, ring armor, ring armour, ring mail, mail - (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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References in classic literature ?
The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold, the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon: he esteemeth iron as straw; the arrow cannot make him flee; darts are counted as stubble; he laugheth at the shaking of a spear!
I wish to be a better man than I have been, than I am; as Job's leviathan broke the spear, the dart, and the habergeon, hindrances which others count as iron and brass, I will esteem but straw and rotten wood."