byrnie

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse brynja. Cognates include Old English byrne, Gothic 𐌱𐍂𐌿𐌽𐌾𐍉 (brunjō) (whence Old Church Slavonic брънѩ (brŭnję)), German Brünne.

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Noun[edit]

byrnie (plural byrnies)

  1. (historical) A short chain mail shirt, covering from the upper arms to the upper thighs.
    • 1972: Unferth stood beside him, his huge arms folded on his byrnie. — John Gardner, Grendel (André Deutsch 1972, p. 97)
    • 1992: The mail-coat, or byrnie, was made of iron links that probably were cut out of sheet metal with a die, or from flat hammered wire cut into short lengths. — Calvin B Kendall, Voyage to the Other World (University of Minnesota 1992, p. 19)

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