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passegarde (plural passegardes)

  1. Alternative form of passguard (plate sticking up off shoulder-armor to protect the neck)
    • 1870, Auguste Demmin, Weapons of war, tr. by C.C. Black, page 223:
      The shoulder-plates (Achselstücke), with or without passegardes (Ränder). The palettes (Achselhöhlscheiben), which protected the armpits, and whose use does not date farther back than the middle of the fifteenth century []
    • 1899, Archaeologia Aeliana, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity, page 233:
      There is a very instructive series of monumental efligies at Meissen, engraved by Hollis, of successive dukes of Saxony, showing the continuous advances in Albert, who died in 1500, wears the armet, pauldrons with passegardes, []
    • 1977, Brian Daley, The Domfarers of Coramonde, Lucia St. Clair Robson (→ISBN), page 273:
      Springbuck turned from his second adversary after shearing through passegarde, pauldron and shoulder, just in time to see Bulf go against the commander of the enemy troops, an accomplished fighter who wore armor of ancient design ...
    • 2019, Thomas Wilhelm, A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer, Good Press:
      Passegardes, in ancient armor, were ridges on the shoulder-pieces to turn the blow of a lance.

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  • IPA(key): /pas.ɡaʁd/, /pɑs.ɡaʁd/


passegarde f (plural passegardes)

  1. Alternative form of passe-garde