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From Middle English gambison, from Old French gambeson, gambaison, from gambais, wambais ‎(quilted jerkin), from Medieval Latin wambāsium ‎(doublet, waistcoat), from Frankish *wamba ‎(abdomen, belly), from Proto-Germanic *wambō ‎(belly, womb): compare Middle High German wambeis, German Wams ‎(waistcoat, doublet), from Old High German wamba ‎(stomach). More at womb.


gambison ‎(plural gambisons)

  1. (historical) A defensive garment made of stuffed and quilted cloth.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.