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bandoleer

or ban·do·lier

[ban-dl-eer]
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noun
  1. a broad belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers and having a number of small loops or pockets, for holding a cartridge or cartridges.

Origin of bandoleer

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)
Related formsban·do·leered, ban·do·liered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bandolier

Historical Examples

  • He did not want to be known as Proctor of the Bandolier if he could help it.

    Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories

    Louis Becke

  • Dey give me musket and bandolier, and say, ‘You must fight.’

  • As if in compensation, the other directed a soldier to strip the bandolier from the corpse.

  • Now tie the leg to the barrel with my handkerchief and bandolier.

  • “Here, most excellent one,” stammered the other, producing a bandolier.

    His Unknown Wife

    Louis Tracy


British Dictionary definitions for bandolier

bandolier

bandoleer

noun
  1. a soldier's broad shoulder belt having small pockets or loops for cartridges

Word Origin

C16: from Old French bandouliere, from Old Spanish bandolera, bandolero guerrilla, from Catalan bandoler, from bandol band, from Spanish bando; see band 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bandolier

n.

1570s, "shoulder belt (for a wallet)," from French bandouiliere (16c.), from Italian bandoliera or Spanish bandolera, from diminutive of banda "a scarf, sash," a Germanic loan-word related to Gothic bandwa (see band (n.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, literally "man who wears a bandoleer."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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