- 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 coriācea (vestis) leather (garment) feminine of coriāceus from Latin corium hide ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Old French cuirace, see Modern french cuirasse.