Medieval Glossary

Barbette

Beginning in the 12th century, a strap that wealthier women would wear under their chin that would help to hold veils in place. A fillet was also often used to serve a similar purpose.

Related term(s): Veil; Fillet; Wimple; Chaplet
Category: Clothing
Added: 11.05.04
Last modified: 08.07.05
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 44.

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