The mouthpiece of the helmet of a suit of armour which was movable to allow easier breathing; later this movable unit incorporated the *visor. [< AnNor. aventaille < Lat. ventus = wind, air]

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  • Aventail — Av en*tail, n. [OF. esventail. Cf. {Ventail}.] The movable front to a helmet; the ventail. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aventail — An aventail or camail is a flexible curtain of chainmail on a helmet, that extends to cover the neck and shoulders. The mail could be removed for cleaning or storage, and attached to the helm through use of a leather cord that was threaded… …   Wikipedia

  • aventail — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French aventaille, alteration of ventaille Date: 14th century ventail …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aventail — /av euhn tayl /, n. Armor. 1. Also called camail. a mail tippet suspended from the lower edges of a 14th century basinet as a protection for the neck, throat, and shoulders. 2. ventail. [1300 50; ME < AF aventaille, equiv. to a ( < ?) + ventaille …   Universalium

  • aventail — noun a) the flap or adjustable part of the hood of mail, which when unfastened allowed the hood to drop upon the shoulders. b) The movable front to a helmet; the ventail …   Wiktionary

  • Aventail — 1) A mail garment protecting the neck. (Prestwich, Michael. Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience, 347) 2) A curtain of mail to protect the neck, suspended from the helmet and reaching to the shoulders. (Wise, Terence.… …   Medieval glossary

  • aventail — av·en·tail …   English syllables

  • aventail — av•en•tail [[t]ˈæv ənˌteɪl[/t]] n. her ventail • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < AF aventaille …   From formal English to slang

  • aventail — noun a medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck • Syn: ↑camail, ↑ventail • Hypernyms: ↑hood • Part Holonyms: ↑basinet …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bascinet — The bascinet was a Medieval European open faced military helmet, typically fitted with an aventail and hinged visor. It evolved from the cervelliere.The term is also written as bassinet or basinet . The earliest versions of the bascinet, at the… …   Wikipedia

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