Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Flexible armor made of joined metal links or scales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flexible defensive armor, made of a mesh of interlinked metal rings.
  • n. Chain letters, taken collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. flexible, defensive armor of hammered metal links wrought into the form of a garment.
  • n. See under Chain, and Coat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings

Etymologies

From mail. (Wiktionary)
From mail. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nearer, scatterbirches in the lowland meadows shimmered in their new leaf, like chain mail on skeletons.

    Son of a Witch

  • He jingled when he walked, which meant that he was wearing chain mail under his clothing.

    Father Swarat

  • Troops searching for invaders trotted through the night, their chain mail and weapons jingling like thousands of tiny bells.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • In preparation for this moment he'd donned his parade uniform: slave-polished chain mail atop a quilted tunic, golden neck torque and armbands of valor, a silver shoal of phalarae medals on his chest, and the long spatha sword of the Petriana cavalry, its blade coated with olive oil and its pommel gleaming where his thumb rubbed its gold.

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  • A burly older boy with a truculent air, having a fringe of brick-red hair straggling out from beneath his chain mail hood.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • Even wearing chain mail and a padded jerkin, Snudge ended up bruised from neck to knee after a week of this tutelage.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • Over their white jibbas they wore oddments of medieval armor, loose-ringed chain mail shirts, helmets from Abyssinia, and padded armor from Darfur.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Open-mouthed, Snudge saw the tall armiger bathed in emerald incandescence, suddenly frozen in place, a statue clad in chain mail and a tattered, filthy surcoat, clutching a lowered sword.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • Above each axe hung the chain mail and conical helmet of an ancient warrior, the visors with their empty eyes flickering in and out of shadow as the torchlight leapt up the wall.

    Crusader Gold

  • Men clad in chain mail from head to foot, the cataphracts bestrode big horses also clad in chain mail.

    Antony and Cleopatra

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