A hauberk was part of the suit of armor worn by knights. Made of strong chain mail, a knight's hauberk helped protect the upper half of his body during a battle.

Chain mail, which is basically metal fabric, was a relatively lightweight part of a medieval knight's armor. The word hauberk comes from the Frankish halsberg, "neck-cover," a small section of chain mail that protected only a knight's neck and shoulders. The hauberk expanded on this, covering more of the body from blows, sometimes extending from neck to knees.

Definitions of hauberk
  1. noun
    a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armor
    synonyms: byrnie
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    type of:
    chain armor, chain armour, chain mail, mail, ring armor, ring armour, ring mail
    (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
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