- (Armor) A flexible fabric made of interlinked metal rings interlinked, used as defensive armor. The use of "mail" alone is generally considered the more correct term in current scholarly usage.
- 1786: Chain mail is formed by a number of iron rings, each ring having four others inserted into it, the whole exhibiting a kind of net work, with circular meshes, every ring separately rivetted; this kind of mail answers to that worn on the ancient breast plates, whence they were denominated loricí¦ hammatí¦, from the rings being hooked together. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 11.
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