Chausses

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Chausses The garment for the legs and feet and for the body below the waist, worn in Europe throughout the Middle Ages; applied also to the armor for the same parts, when fixible, as of chain mail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chausses Formerly, the clothing of the legs and feet and of the body below the waist.
    • chausses In medieval armor, the defensive covering of the legs, used before the introduction of cuisses and leg-pieces of plate-armor. The chausses of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were either of linked mail or made not unlike the gambeson; in either case the defensive part did not cover the lower portion of the body and the back of the thighs, for this would have interfered with the seat on the saddle, but was attached to a sort of short breeches of linen, leather, or other similar material. See first cut (fig. 1) under armor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Chausses shōs or shō′sez any closely fitting covering for the legs, hose generally: the defence-pieces for the legs in ancient armour
    • n.pl Chausses shōs or shō′sez, any closely fitting covering for the legs, hose generally: the defence-pieces for the legs in ancient armour
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chauces—L. calcias, pl. of calcia, hose.

Usage

In literature:

Les jambes sont visiblement institues pour etre chaussees, et nous avons des chausses.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
They come home tres biens chausses, as a Frenchman would say, mighty well shod with professional knowledge.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The carriage had reached the end of the wood and rolled now over the chausse to Boslin.
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
Be dressed cleanly and neatly 'avec la chausse bien tiree et Pescarpin propre.
"The Dance (by An Antiquary)" by Anonymous
Knight in surcoat, mail hauberk and chausses, shield on left side.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
He was also professor of geology at the Ecole des Ponts et Chausses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
JATHO (Karl), Stader Chausse 22, Hanover, Germany.
"Jane's All the World's Aircraft" by Various
Marguerite, baillez moy mes chausses.
"The Teaching and Cultivation of the French Language in England during Tudor and Stuart Times" by Kathleen Lambley
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