or bal·drick


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 formsbal·dricked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for baldrick

Historical Examples of baldrick

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for baldrick


  1. a wide silk sash or leather belt worn over the right shoulder to the left hip for carrying a sword, etc

Word Origin for baldric

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