Definition of codpiece noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

codpiece

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɒdpiːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːdpiːs//
 
 
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a piece of cloth, especially a decorative one, attached to a man’s lower clothing and covering his genitals, worn in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries Word Originfrom earlier cod ‘scrotum’ (from Old English codd ‘bag, pod’) + piece.
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