from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A defensive garment formerly in use for the body, made of cloth stuffed and quilted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as gambison.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A garment worn originally under the habergeon, made sometimes of leather, sometimes of thick stuff, and even wadded, to guard against bruises which might result from blows received upon the mail.
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I could see the ankle-length gambeson as a great base for any kind of armoured character, honestly.
En Amelie heeft over een maand een nieuwe jas/gambeson.
My gambeson came from a re-enactor who I believe is no longer in business.
Usually though, they wear whatever is appropriate for the occasion, hauberk and gambeson, chainmail bikini, leather miniskirt and red top, a big smile...
Now all I have to do is reinforce my gambeson, and - yahooooo - I'm ready for another Pachendale reenactment at Bannockburn.
The solvent man in his upper gambeson withnot a breth against him and the wee wiping womanahoussy.
I'd prefer 'quilted tunic' over 'gambeson' any day.
Then again, there is so much argument about what a gambeson really is, that I might not be using the right terminology anyway :
These days I will more often call a hauberk a mail shirt or a gambeson a quilted tunic.
Your point about the gambeson is rather like the issue Alex raised about 'gesith' and 'thane' in the 5th/6th century.