Codpiece meaning

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A pouch or flap hiding an opening in the front of the tight breeches worn by men in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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A bag or flap fastened over the front opening in the tight breeches worn by men in the 15th and 16th cent.
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A part of male dress in front of the breeches to cover the male genitals, sometimes made very conspicuous in former times.
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A conspicuous protection for the male genitals in a suit of plate armor.
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Origin of codpiece

  • Middle English codpece cod bag, scrotum (from Old English codd bag) pece piece piece

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English cod (“scrotum”) +‎ piece.

    From Wiktionary