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n. (context historical Middle Ages English) a robe or long tunic that is worn belted or with a fitted bodice often having full long sleeves and lined with fur.


A houppelande or houpelande is an outer garment, with a long, full body and flaring sleeves, that was worn by both men and women in Europe in the late Middle Ages. Sometimes the houppelande was lined with fur. The garment was later worn by professional classes, and has remained in Western civilization as the familiar academic and legal robes of today.

The houppelande appeared around 1380 and was to remain fashionable well into the next century. It had its origins in the herigaut, a similar 13th-century garment with hanging sleeves. The edges of the houppelande were often dagged, or cut into decorative patterns such as scallops, "embattled" tabs or even leaf shapes.

wearing a houppelande with "dagged" sleeves. man on the right wears a belted houppelande and a chaperon hat. Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry avril.jpg|Houppelande examples from Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, avril

Usage examples of "houppelande".

A pretty lass, Viviana was clad in a houppelande of sky-blue velvet, with a girdle of stiffened wigan.

She was dressed in a fur-lined houppelande tightly fitting to the waist, patterned all over with a stitched motif of artichokes and vine-leaves on a ground of dark blue velvet.

Riding through the township one market day, with her nineteen ladies and her equerry, Rohain spied a woman dressed in the geranium-colored houppelande commonly adopted by the middle classes.

Alaire, on the other hand, apparently having to keep some royal face, wore a short, high-neck houppelande with baggy sleeves.

Alaire had picked out a short, high-neck houppelande with baggy sleeves for Reykir to wear.

Instead of the gaudy robe, he wears a patched and stained houppelande with a rope for a belt.

There were a few bright spatters of blood on his houppelande, but no one on that street would be troubled by it.

The Pellinite lord was impeccably groomed, resplendent in brocaded houppelande and silken hose.

Her dark-blue houppelande, bordered with brocade and cloth-of-silver and stitched with stars, was clasped by a girdle of ivory and bone.

Branco had come to the very edge of the pit, and in the cold wind the long sleeves of his houppelande flapped like tattered wings.

He wore a long houppelande in his own heraldic blue, powdered with fleurs de lys.

Silwyth had pointedly left in his cell for him, the dalmatic, the long-skirted tunic known as the houppelande, then much in fashion, the woolen hose and cloak and jeweled girdle and leather slippers.

For Caitri there was an armazine kirtle the color of a robin's egg, a houppelande of blue velvet stitched with white nightingales, a girdle of pearls, a cloak lined with rich taffeta, and a headdress of silver lace sporting ibis feathers stuck all over with pearls.