aventail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aventail a medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aventail The movable front to a helmet; the ventail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aventail av′en-tāl the flap or movable part of a helmet in front, for admitting air to the wearer.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. esventail,. Cf. Ventail
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. esventail, air-hole—L. ex, out, ventus, wind.

Usage

In literature:

Then came the aventaile, or iron mask, joined to the helmet, with apertures for the eyes and mouth.
"The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)" by Charles Mills
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