coat of mail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coat of mail armor that protects the wearer's whole body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coat of mail a defensive garment of chain mail.
    • Coat of mail See under Chain, and Coat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Coat of mail a piece of armour for the upper part of the body, made of metal scales or rings linked one with another
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Quotations

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cote (Fr. cotte)—Low L. cottus, cotta, a tunic; the further ety. is uncertain.

Usage

In literature:

His form is tall and majestic, and his long white beard flows over his coat of mail.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
But these were all admirably armed, and most of them protected by coats of mail.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Snow was falling and a wintry wind dashed the waves over our decks and coated the bulwarks with a mail of ice.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
James was unarmed, and obviously had no secret coat of mail, in which he could not have hunted all day, perhaps.
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
The Unterwaldners were particularly well armed, partly with bows and partly in heavy coats of mail.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
A calculated, well-aimed, poisonous dart where there was a weak joint in my coat of mail.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
The warrior was now seen putting on his coat of mail; all was bustle, consternation, and confusion.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
The roofing of the turrets, as well as that of the outer dome, suggests a stone coat-of-mail.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
To clothe this youth, his lover, Menestratus, forged a brazen coat of mail, thick set with hooks turned upwards.
"A Problem in Greek Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
My dress was disordered, everything full of dust and filth; my coat of mail squeezed me to death.
"The Banished" by Wilhelm Hauff
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In poetry:

How his coat of mail is gleaming
Silver on the billows' span!
Golden on his trappings shining
Blessing of the Alcoran!
"The Gift Of The Terek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Lest in the hour of his great fight
This foe should him assail,
The enemy that creeps by night
Strike through his coat of mail.
"The Secret Foe" by Katharine Tynan
Then stone and javelin proved as vain
As old-time tooth and nail;
Till, spurred anew by fear and pain,
Man fashioned coats of mail.
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Young Mary stole along the vale,
To keep her tryst with Ulnor's lord;
A warrior clad in coat of mail
Stood darkling by the brawling ford.
"Mary's Tryst" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
David.
Pardon, O king! the coat of plaited mail
These limbs have never known; it would not shield,
'Twould but encumber one who never felt The weight of armour.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Art thou not bright with diverse dainty arms,
A purple girdle and a coat of mail?
And yet to win the maid of peerless charms
For whom thou dar'st the battle thou shalt fail.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy