noun (plural cote-hardies)
A medieval close-fitting tunic with sleeves, worn by both sexes.
Middle English: from Old French, from cote 'coat' + hardie (feminine) 'bold'.
It came as very little surprise that today's word had not been used for WotD in the past. Well, actually, as a word, it was ONLY used in the past. Indeed, even the definition uses a passé word, tunic, to "help" us understand that the cote-hardie
was a garment that all sorts of people wore in the Middle Ages. Of course, understanding fashion, which I don't, some might suggest that the style of cote-hardie
has returned many times. It seems to me that the 1930s and 1940s may have resurrected the close-fitting coat which hung below the waist...though for women only. I don't think I've seen photos of men dressed in such a jacket. The closest I recall was the WWII military "Eisenhower" jacket which was close-fitting, but stopped at the waist. Maybe the Field Jacket (below right) "fits" the style.
All-in-all, the upshot for WotD is that it may be difficult to work cote-hardie
into one's daily conversation. Sorry. Such is the way the game is played. LOL (New terms come along and old ones A.)
Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.