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

  • n. Leg armor worn below the knee. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bush; a tree; a grove.
  • n. A bough; a branch.
  • n. A ditch or trench.
  • n. A piece of armour that protects the leg, especially the shin.
  • v. To clean (a ship's bottom); to grave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grove.
  • n. Armor for the leg below the knee; -- usually in the plural.
  • transitive v. To clean (a ship's bottom); to grave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See grave.
  • n. See greeve.
  • n. A bush; a tree; a grove.
  • n. A bough; a branch.
  • n. A ditch or trench.

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

  • n. armor plate that protects legs below the knee


Sing. of Middle English greves, from Old French, shins.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English greve, from Old English grǣfe, grǣfa ("bush, bramble, grove, thicket, copse, brush-wood (for burning), fuel"), from Proto-Germanic *grainiz (“twig”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Old Norse grein ("branch, bough"), Old English grāf, grāfa ("grove"). See grove. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English greve, greyve, from Old English grǣfa, grēfa ("pit, cave, hole, grave, trench"), from Proto-Germanic *grōbō (“pit, ditch”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ- (“to dig, scratch, scrape”). Cognate with North Frisian groop ("pit, sewer, gutter"), Dutch groef ("pit, hole, gutter"), German Grube ("pit, hole"), Icelandic gröf ("pit, grave"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English greve, grayve, from Old French greve ("shin"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
From greaves, animal fat. (Wiktionary)


  • This, paired with a second decoded word TRAIL whose letters derived from The greave is a wittnesd and a floating L, had given him the Cattle Trail, or “Chisholm Trail.”

    Shadow of the Sentinel

  • Found in a partly obscured vertical column of text at the top of the page was STINK the T being concealed as part of the fishhook curve of the lowercase g from the misspelled phrase at the top of the map, The greave is a wittnesd.

    Shadow of the Sentinel

  • Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Harold Carmichael's helmet will be on display with a gladiator helmet and four original pieces from the gladiator barracks of an amphitheater in Pompeii - a 'greave' (shin guard), two spearheads, and a dagger. "


  • Betting the knight, his money on the armor, the intricate chain mail like wire net or metal scrim, being's effulgent Maginot line, his stake on the weighted mace and plate mittens, on the hinged couters and poleyns, on vambrace and cuisee and greave, banging the breast-plate and all the jewelry of battle for timbre and pitch like a jerk slamming doors and kicking tires in a used car lot.

    Style in Fiction

  • A passage such as this one is much more interested in setting up Elkin's signature lyric rhythms and, in this case, doling out strange and, in context, goofy words -- "vambrace and cuisee and greave" -- than in establishing Elkin's ability to dispense "some lovely little selection of words."

    Style in Fiction

  • Cyril, a particularly adept greave maker, worked there.

    The One Handed Rower of Myonnesus « A Fly in Amber

  • Close proximity of olive branch and greave (peace and war).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • The arm itself,164 it seems to us, will better be protected by a piece like a greave stretched over it than bound up with the corselet.

    On Horsemanship

  • The narrator chooses to let his son greave by rescuing a baby pumpkin.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • He knees with his poleyn, kicks out with his greave.

    The WritingYA Weblog: Poetry, Panic and Procrastination


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  • This word was used the in the movie "Troy."

    June 12, 2012