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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gambeson Same as Gambison.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gambeson 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. Toward the close of the fourteenth century, when the habergeon had been nearly abandoned by men-at-arms, the gambeson appears as the principal garment of fence for the body, and this continues until the complete and general adoption of plate-armor. See gamboised.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gambeson gam′be-son an ancient coat for defence, worn under the habergeon, of leather, or of cloth stuffed and quilted
    • Gambeson Also Gam′bison
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