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[bawl-drik] /ˈbɔl drɪk/
a belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip, supporting a sword, horn, etc.
Origin of baldric
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for baldric
Historical Examples
  • He set the example by putting one on like a baldric, Mark doing the same with the other.

    The Black Tor George Manville Fenn
  • Their cartridge-pouch and their bayonet are slung to their right side by a baldric.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • We heard him getting into his boots again and buckling on his baldric.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • The Chevalier squared his shoulders and shifted his baldric.

    The Grey Cloak

    Harold MacGrath
  • It hung from its own baldric with an axe and a round shield.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing Charles Whistler
  • A "Sheffield whittle" stuck in his baldric; and in a pouch was deposited the remnant of a magnificent pasty.

  • The Roman legionary could not, as a rule, withdraw from the service; he could not avoid the baldric.

  • In front of her was a damsel bearing in baldric a great sword with haft of emerald and tassels of jewel-encrusted gold.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • His sword glittered with golden ornaments, and the scabbard was of silver, and the baldric of gold.

    Stories from the Iliad H. L. Havell
  • And first a shield he fashioned, vast and strong, with threefold rim, and baldric of silver.

    Stories from the Iliad H. L. Havell
British Dictionary definitions for baldric


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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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