bandoleer

[ban-dl-eer]
noun
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.


Origin:
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)

bandoleered, bandoliered, adjective
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bandolier or bandoleer (ˌbændəˈlɪə)
 
n
a soldier's broad shoulder belt having small pockets or loops for cartridges
 
[C16: from Old French bandouliere, from Old Spanish bandolera, bandolero guerrilla, from Catalan bandoler, from bandol band, from Spanish bando; see band1]
 
bandoleer or bandoleer
 
n
 
[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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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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He wears a fur pipe bandolier, metal armbands, and bead necklaces.
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