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[pawl-druh n] /ˈpɔl drən/
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 of pauldron
late Middle English
1400-50; earlier paleron, poleron, late Middle English polron, pollerons (plural) < Middle French espalleron shoulder. See epaulet Unabridged
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either of two metal plates worn with armour to protect the shoulders
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C15: from French espauleron, from espaule shoulder; see epaulette
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Word Origin and History for pauldron

"armor for the shoulder," mid-15c., from Old French espauleron, from espaule (French épaule) "shoulder" (see epaulet)

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