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A piece of armor used to protect the forearm.

[Middle English vambras, from Anglo-Norman vauntbras : vaunt (variant of Old French avaunt, before; see vanguard) + bras, arm; see bracer2.]
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(ˈvæmbreɪs) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a piece of armour used to protect the arm
[C14: from Anglo-French vauntbras, from vaunt- (from Old French avant- fore-) + bras arm]
ˈvambraced adj
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(ˈvæm breɪs)

armor for the forearm.
[1300–50; Middle English va(u)mbras < Anglo-French (a)vantbras=avant- fore- (see avaunt) + bras arm (see brace)]
vam′braced, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vambrace - cannon of plate armor protecting the forearmvambrace - cannon of plate armor protecting the forearm
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
cannon - (Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
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References in classic literature ?
Sir Thomas Percy met with little better success, for his shield was split, his vambrace torn and he himself wounded slightly in the side.
Dyma'r ymarferiad mwyaf o'i fath ar dir ac yn yr awyr ym Mhrydain ers 2003 dan yr enw 'Exercise Vambrace Warrior'.
Short of trying to sneak chain mail and a mediaeval vambrace on to the pitch, there is little else he can do.
Prof Prestwich's book provides you with all you need to know, from the proper names of bits of armour (aillettes to vambrace) to what to do if you are cornered by the enemy (find a knight and surrender to him for a ransom, apparently).
Here are six rooms hung with 132 exhibits, with an excess of speciously relevant background: obscure scraps of armour (sabatons, poleyns and a vambrace with reinforcing couter); grim hunting knives such as St Eustace might have used outside the picture; a sword perhaps slightly like the sword in St George's sheath; a tapestry Pisanello never saw, and other antique fillgaps; and there is not a single place for visitors to sit.