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armor with bevor

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From Old French baviere ‎(child's bib), from baver ‎(to slaver).



bevor ‎(plural bevors)

  1. (historical) A portion of plate armour to protect the lower face and the neck, typically in two parts, called upper bevor and lower bevor.
    • 2001, Paul B. Newman, Daily life in the Middle Ages, page 210,
      Since gorgets completely encircled the neck, they were usually more articulated than the bevors to allow for some movement of the neck and head. Bevors typically were open in back but extended up above the wearer′s jaw on the sides and front. Use of a bevor or a gorget depended upon the type of helmet the knight wore [] .
    • 2008, Christopher Gravett, Knight: Noble Warrior of England 1200-1600, page 233,
      For heavy field use a reinforcing breastplate was sometimes added, together with a wrapper over the upper bevor.
    • 2011, Kerrie Logan Hollihan, Elizabeth I, the People's Queen: Her Life and Times, 21 Activities, page 61,
      Many helmets had an upper part joined with hinges to a bevor, which protected the knight′s lower face and jaw.


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  1. before
    Geh, bevor ich rasend werde.
    Go before I lose my temper.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Like English before, the German conjunction is often followed by a redundant negation, particularly in common speech. Therefore the following two phrases are synonymous, both translating as “You won’t get any desert before you’ve eaten up everything.”
Du kriegst keinen Nachtisch, bevor du alles aufgegessen hast.
Du kriegst keinen Nachtisch, bevor du nicht alles aufgegessen hast.


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