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baldric

[bawl-drik] /ˈbɔl drɪk/
noun
1.
a belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip, supporting a sword, horn, etc.
Also, baldrick.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Related forms
baldricked, adjective
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Examples for baldric
  • He catches it and slips it over his head, making a baldric of it.
British Dictionary definitions for baldric

baldric

/ˈbɔːldrɪk/
noun
1.
a wide silk sash or leather belt worn over the right shoulder to the left hip for carrying a sword, etc
Word Origin
C13: from Old French baudrei, of Frankish origin
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Word Origin and History for baldric
n.

c.1300, "belt worn over the shoulder," from Old French baldre (Modern French baudrier "shoulder-belt"), which probably is from Latin balteus "belt," said by Varro to be of Etruscan origin. The English word perhaps influenced by Middle High German balderich (which itself is from the Old French).

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