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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 baldrick
Historical Examples
  • With an oath he got out a dagger that hung from his baldrick.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • In raising her father's remains she found under them a baldrick in which his sword had hung, embroidered by her own hands.


    G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • It was D'Artagnan's sword, which, slipping from his baldrick, had fallen on the sonorous flooring.

    The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas
  • If the baldrick hung with bells was worn out in parts, he cut those pieces away and turned the baldrick into a belt.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • His sceptre, spurs, baldrick and scabbard were also of gold, and his fingers blazed with diamonds.

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
  • I raced indoors, seized the sergeant's tuck and took his baldrick from him, heedless of his vile threats.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • And I love his father—the old man gave me this baldrick and this horn, which I warrant cost many a kreutzer.

  • Hence Homer has given to his hero of this name a serpent for a device, both upon his breastplate, and upon his baldrick.

  • baldrick, an ancestor of the lady Eveline Berenger "the betrothed."

  • Thereupon M. de Radisson falls in such fits of laughter, I had thought he must split his baldrick.

    Heralds of Empire

    Agnes C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for baldrick


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 baldrick



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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