epaulière

pauldron

[pawl-druhn]
noun Armor.
a piece of plate armor for the shoulder and the uppermost part of the arm, often overlapping the adjacent parts of the chest and back.
Also called epaulière.
Compare spaulder.


Origin:
1400–50; earlier paleron, poleron, late Middle English polron, pollerons (plural) < Middle French espalleron shoulder. See epaulet

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pauldron (ˈpɔːldrən)
 
n
either of two metal plates worn with armour to protect the shoulders
 
[C15: from French espauleron, from espaule shoulder; see epaulette]

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