1570s, "shoulder belt (for a wallet)," from Fr. bandouiliere
(16c.), from It. bandoliera
or Sp. bandolera
, from dim. of banda
"a scarf, sash," a Gmc. loan-word related to Goth. bandwa
(2)). In some cases, directly from Spanish to English as bandoleer
. Meaning "ammunition belt for a musket" is from 1590s; hence bandolero
"highwayman, robber" (1832), from Spanish, lit. "man who wears a bandoleer."