[ bawl-drik ]
/ ˈbɔl drɪk /
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a belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip, supporting a sword, horn, etc.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM baldricbaldricked, adjective
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How to use baldric in a sentence
It pierced through steel and silk and gold embroidered baldrick; the very feathers that winged it were draggled red in blood.
In raising her father's remains she found under them a baldrick in which his sword had hung, embroidered by her own hands.
If the baldrick hung with bells was worn out in parts, he cut those pieces away and turned the baldrick into a belt.
He has a sheaf of peacock arrows in his belt; across his shoulder is a green baldrick to carry a horn.
And I love his father—the old man gave me this baldrick and this horn, which I warrant cost many a kreutzer.Anne of Geierstein, Volume I (of 2)|Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for baldric
/ (ˈbɔːldrɪk) /
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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