chain mail

Chain mail is the protective material that knights wear as part of a suit of armor. Made from small circles of metal, chain mail defends against slashing swords (not so much against fire-breathing dragons).

Chain mail is a flexible mesh material — basically a metal fabric. It's effective at protecting knights from cutting and slashing weapons, but somewhat less protective against sharp thrusting blades. In the Middle Ages, the shirt known as a hauberk was made of chain mail, and it provided a relatively lightweight alternative to hard, heavy plate armor. Sometimes chain mail is just called mail, from the Old French maille, "mesh."

Definitions of chain mail
  1. noun
    (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
    synonyms: chain armor, chain armour, mail, ring armor, ring armour, ring mail
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    a medieval coat of chain mail consisting of metal rings sewn onto leather or cloth
    (Middle Ages) a light sleeveless coat of chain mail worn under the hauberk
    byrnie, hauberk
    a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armor
    gusset, voider
    a piece of chain mail covering a place unprotected by armor plate
    type of:
    body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour
    armor that protects the wearer's whole body
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