gousset

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

Noun[edit]

gousset (plural goussets)

  1. A small piece of mail, providing some protection where two plates of armor are joined, usually at the elbows, under the shoulders, and behind the knees.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22:
      At the joint, or bending of the arm, the vambraces were cut obliquely, the vacancies on the inside, when the arms were streightened, were covered by pieces of mail callet [sic] Goussets, and afterwards by a contrivance of plates resembling hearts.

External links[edit]

  • Wikipedia article on armor.