Piece of armour for the fore-arm, in tubular or part-tubular form, made either of metal or of cuir-bouilli. [< OldFr. avant = before + bras = arm] -
Cf. Bracer
2) Her. An arm sheathed in armour.

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  • Vambrace — Vam brace, n. [See {Vantbrass}.] (Anc. Armor) The piece designed to protect the arm from the elbow to the wrist. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vambrace — Externalimage align=right width=300px vambrace with integrated elbow and upper arm protection] (reenactment)… …   Wikipedia

  • vambrace — vambraced, adj. /vam brays/, n. Armor. 1. a piece of plate armor for the forearm; a lower cannon. Cf. rerebrace. See diag. under armor. 2. plate armor for the arm, usually including upper and lower cannons and a couter. [1300 50; ME va(u)mbras …   Universalium

  • vambrace — noun a) The piece of armor designed to protect the arm from the elbow to the wrist. b) The pieces of armor protecting the arm from the shoulder to the wrist. Not in common use in this sense, most scholars preferring the narrower definition, of… …   Wiktionary

  • vambrace — [ vambreɪs] noun historical a piece of armour for the arm, especially the forearm. Origin ME: from an Anglo Norman Fr. shortening of OFr. avantbras, from avant before + bras arm ; cf. vamplate …   English new terms dictionary

  • Vambrace — Protective armor for the forearm. It could also be used as a name for protective armor covering the whole arm. Armour guarding the forearm. ♦ Plate defence for the forearm. (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 251) …   Medieval glossary

  • vambrace — vam·brace …   English syllables

  • vambrace — vam•brace [[t]ˈvæm breɪs[/t]] n. her armor for the forearm • Etymology: 1300–50; ME va(u) mbras < AF (a)vantbras=avant fore (see avaunt) +bras arm (see brace) vam′braced, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • vambrace — /væmˈbreɪs/ (say vam brays) noun a piece of armour for the forearm; a lower cannon. Compare rerebrace. {Middle English va(u)mbras from Anglo French (a)vantbra, from avant fore + bras arm} …  

  • vambrace — n. hist. defensive armour for the forearm. Etymology: ME f. AF vaunt bras, OF avant bras f. avant before (see AVAUNT) + bras arm …   Useful english dictionary

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