baldric

[bawl-drik]
noun
a belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip, supporting a sword, horn, etc.
Also, baldrick.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bauderik, bawdryk, baudry < Anglo-French baudré, baldré, Old French baldrei, baudré, perhaps < Frankish *baltirad sword belt, equivalent to Latin balte(us) belt + Germanic *-rad provision, equipment (compare Old High German rat); source of final -ik uncertain

baldricked, adjective
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baldric (ˈbɔːldrɪk)
 
n
a wide silk sash or leather belt worn over the right shoulder to the left hip for carrying a sword, etc
 
[C13: from Old French baudrei, of Frankish origin]

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baldric
c.1300, "belt worn over the shoulder," from O.Fr. baldre (Mod.Fr. baudrier "shoulder-belt"), which is probably from L. balteus "belt," said by Varro to be of Etruscan origin. The English word perhaps influenced by M.H.G. balderich (which is itself from the Old French).
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He catches it and slips it over his head, making a baldric of it.
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