• WordNet 3.6
    • n ventail 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 Ventail vĕnt"āl That part of a helmet which is intended for the admission of air, -- sometimes in the visor. "Her ventail up so high that he descried
      Her goodly visage and her beauty's pride."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ventail Same as aventaile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ventail (Spens.) same as Aventail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. ventaille, F. ventail,. See Ventilate, and cf. Aventail
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Altered form of fent, M. E. fente—O. Fr. fente, a slit.


In literature:

He lowereth his ventail and taketh off his helm.
"High History of the Holy Graal" by Unknown
She puts on his hauberk with its strong meshes, and laces on his ventail.
"Four Arthurian Romances" by Chretien DeTroyes