codpiece

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n codpiece (15th-16th century) a flap for the crotch of men's tight-fitting breeches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Codpiece A part of male dress in front of the breeches, formerly made very conspicuous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n codpiece In medieval male costume, a part of the hose in front, at the separation of the legs, made loose or in the form of a flap, or in some cases separately attached: it was rendered necessary by the extreme tightness of the garment from about 1475 to 1550.
    • n codpiece In carriage-trimming, a half-circle at the lower front corner of a carriage top cast solid with the side-quarter or sewed on: used to cover slat-irons and prop-post.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cod, n., + piece,

Usage

In literature:

From them are descended the ballocks of Lorraine, which never dwell in codpieces, but fall down to the bottom of the breeches.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
The Codpiece of the Law.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
How Panurge had a flea in his ear, and forbore to wear any longer his magnificent codpiece.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
Some wore a jeweled and embroidered codpiece between their legs to emphasize their virility.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
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In news:

If you're Tom Cruise, you present wife of five years Katie Holmes with a bejeweled codpiece.
If you're Tom Cruise, you present wife of five years Katie Holmes with a bejeweled codpiece .
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