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[ban-dl-eer] /ˌbæn dlˈɪər/
a broad belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers and having a number of small loops or pockets, for holding a cartridge or cartridges.
Also, bandolier.
1570-80; earlier bandollier < Middle French bandoulliere < Catalan bandolera, feminine derivative of bandoler member of a band of men (bandol (< Spanish bando band1) + -er < Latin -ārius -ary; cf. -eer)
Related forms
bandoleered, bandoliered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for bandolier
  • He wears a fur pipe bandolier, metal armbands, and bead necklaces.
British Dictionary definitions for bandolier


a soldier's broad shoulder belt having small pockets or loops for cartridges
Word Origin
C16: from Old French bandouliere, from Old Spanish bandolera, bandolero guerrilla, from Catalan bandoler, from bandol band, from Spanish bando; see band1
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Word Origin and History for bandolier
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 (see band (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."
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