[ bal-tee-uhs, bawl- ]

noun,plural bal·te·i [bal-tee-ahy, bawl-]. /ˈbæl tiˌaɪ, ˈbɔl-/.
  1. (on an Ionic capital) the horizontal band connecting the volutes on either side.

  2. (in an ancient Roman amphitheater) a horizontal walk dividing upper and lower tiers.

Origin of balteus

First recorded in 1720–30; from Latin: literally, “belt, girdle,” said by the Romans to be of Etruscan origin

Words Nearby balteus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use balteus in a sentence

  • The Latin balteus and balteum are, I believe, the origin of the word.

    The Eagle's Nest | John Ruskin
  • Under the balteus which I fastened around you is a sharp dagger.