- a piece of closefitting armor for protecting the breast and back, orig. made of leather
- the breastplate of such armor
- Zool. a protective structure of bony plates
Origin of cuirassFrench cuirasse ; from Italian corazza ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form coracea, for Classical Latin (vestis) coriacea, leather (clothing) ; from corium, leather, hide: see corium
to cover with or as with a cuirass
- a. A piece of armor for protecting the breast and back, often consisting of two pieces fastened together.b. The front piece of this armor.
- Zoology A protective covering of bony plates or scales.
Origin of cuirassMiddle English curas, from Old French curasse, probably alteration (influenced by Old French cuir, leather) of Old Provençal coirassa, from Late Latin coriacea (vestis), leather (garment), feminine of coriaceus, from Latin corium, hide; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Old French cuirace, see Modern french cuirasse.