- 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
Examples from the Web for bandolier
He did not want to be known as Proctor of the Bandolier if he could help it.Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories
Dey give me musket and bandolier, and say, ‘You must fight.’South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI)
As if in compensation, the other directed a soldier to strip the bandolier from the corpse.The Open Boat and Other Stories
Now tie the leg to the barrel with my handkerchief and bandolier.With Rifle and Bayonet
“Here, most excellent one,” stammered the other, producing a bandolier.His Unknown Wife
- a soldier's broad shoulder belt having small pockets or loops for cartridges
Word Origin and History for bandolier
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."