Meaning of “chain mail” in the English Dictionary

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"chain mail" in British English

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chain mailnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈtʃeɪn ˌmeɪl/ us /ˈtʃeɪn ˌmeɪl/ also mail

Examples from literature

  • At Ashwell, Rutland, is an effigy in wood of a cross-legged knight, also in chain mail, if I remember rightly. 
  • At the end of the room is a Persian horse armour of brass scales connected by chain mail. 
  • I said that he wore a steel cap, with a gilt iron spike of six inches, and a hood of chain mail. 
  • In the cases on the right hand are specimens of chain mail in form of hoods, coats, sleeves, etc, mostly, if not all, of Eastern origin. 
  • It is the fear which never leaves him—the fear that makes him wear a doublet so thickly quilted that it would suffice to turn the sharpest blade, even as a suit of chain mail. 

(Definition of “chain mail” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)