or bal·drick

[ bawl-drik ]
/ ˈbɔl drɪk /


a belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip, supporting a sword, horn, etc.

Nearby words

  1. baldie,
  2. balding,
  3. baldmoney,
  4. baldness,
  5. baldpate,
  6. baldwin,
  7. baldwin i,
  8. baldwin park,
  9. baldwin, james,
  10. baldwin, james mark

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for baldrick


/ (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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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).

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