Coat of mail
Coat Coat (k[=o]t; 110), n. [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat, cotte d'armes coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail, LL. cota, cotta, tunic, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf. {Cot} a hut.] 1. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men. [1913 Webster]

Let each His adamantine coat gird well. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A petticoat. [Obs.] ``A child in coats.'' --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth. [1913 Webster]

Men of his coat should be minding their prayers. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

She was sought by spirits of richest coat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark; as, the horses coats were sleek. [1913 Webster]

Fruit of all kinds, in coat Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument; as, the coats of the eye; the coats of an onion; a coat of tar or varnish. [1913 Webster]

6. Same as Coat of arms. See below. [1913 Webster]

Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight, Or tear the lions out of England's coat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. A coat card. See below. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

{Coat armor}. See under {Armor}.

{Coat of arms} (Her.), a translation of the French cotte d'armes, a garment of light material worn over the armor in the 15th and 16th centuries. This was often charged with the heraldic bearings of the wearer. Hence, an heraldic achievement; the bearings of any person, taken together.

{Coat card}, a card bearing a coated figure; the king, queen, or knave of playing cards. ```I am a coat card indeed.' `Then thou must needs be a knave, for thou art neither king nor queen.''' --Rowley.

{Coat link}, a pair of buttons or studs joined by a link, to hold together the lappels of a double-breasted coat; or a button with a loop for a single-breasted coat.

{Coat of mail}, a defensive garment of chain mail. See {Chain mail}, under {Chain}.

{Mast coat} (Naut.), a piece of canvas nailed around a mast, where it passes through the deck, to prevent water from getting below.

{Sail coat} (Naut.), a canvas cover laced over furled sails, and the like, to keep them dry and clean. [1913 Webster]


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  • Coat of mail — Mail Mail (m[=a]l), n. [OE. maile, maille, F. maille a ring of mail, mesh, network, a coat of mail, fr. L. macula spot, a mesh of a net. Cf. {Macle}, {Macula}, {Mascle}.] 1. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coat of mail — n. pl. coats of mail [transl. of Fr cotte de mailles, lit., coat of meshes] a sleeved protective garment made of interlinked metal rings or overlapping plates …   English World dictionary

  • coat of mail — coat′ of mail′ n. her an armored garment made of chain mail or metal scales • Etymology: 1480–90; cf. F cotte de mailles …   From formal English to slang

  • coat of mail — ► NOUN historical ▪ a jacket composed of metal rings or plates, serving as armour …   English terms dictionary

  • coat of mail — noun armor that protects the wearer s whole body • Syn: ↑body armor, ↑body armour, ↑suit of armor, ↑suit of armour, ↑cataphract • Hypernyms: ↑armor, ↑armour …   Useful english dictionary

  • coat of mail — Suit of armor, suit of mail, armor, mail, hauberk, cuirass, habergeon, lorica, thorax …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Coat of mail —    The rendering of a Hebrew word meaning glittering (1 Sam. 17:5, 38). The same word in the plural form is translated habergeons in 2 Chr. 26:14 and Neh. 4:16. The harness (1 Kings 22:34), breastplate (Isa. 59:17), and brigandine (Jer. 46:4),… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • coat of mail — noun (plural coats of mail) a hauberk; a defensive garment made of interlinked metal rings, overlapping metal plates, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • coat of mail — n hauberk, byrnie, habergeon; mail, chain mail, armor, suit of armor, armor plate, armature, panoply; cuirass, corselet, lorica, breastplate, Armor. brigandine; protection, covering, sheathing …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • coat of mail — noun (C) a coat made of metal rings that was worn to protect the top part of a soldier s body in the Middle Ages …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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