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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Corslet(t, -lat(t, n. Also: -late, -lait. [e.m.E. corslet(t, -lete (1563), corselet (c 1500), F. corselet. Cf. Croslet.]

1. A close-fitting body-garment. 1552 Treas. Acc. X. 80.
Tway elnis canves to be ane corslett to beir his graces poynttis

2. A defensive corslet.(a) c1475 Wall. ii. 63.
In at the guschet [1570 corslait] brymly he him bar
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 133.
The said Haggerstoune … shot in his corslate of pruif, which sauet his lyfe
a1578 Pitsc. II. 257/24.
Thair come in ane ambassadour … in ane schip with … calliveris, pouldar, and corslattis
c1590 J. Stewart 51/107.
Both scheild and corslat from him did he suak
1600 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 214.
Weill furneist and arrayit with muscatt, … steilbonat, corslat
(b) 1573 Reg. Privy C. II. 236.
Ony culveringis … or uther handgunnis, morreonis nor corslettis, attour the nowmer of fyve hundrith
1595 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 137.
Airmorer and maker of corsletts
1598 Acts IV. 169/1.
That euerie erle be armit and furnist with corslet of pruif
Comb. 1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 217.
To len to Joseas Rickart, corslett maker, in the touns name, the sowme of fyftie punds money

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