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[bras-ahrd, bruh-sahrd]
  1. a decorative cloth band, often braided or tasseled, worn around the upper arm, as by military personnel to signify a particular group, regiment, etc.
  2. Also brassart [bras-ahrt, bruh-sahrt] /ˈbræs ɑrt, brəˈsɑrt/. a piece of plate armor for the arm.
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Origin of brassard

1820–30; < French, equivalent to bras arm (see brace) + -ard -ard
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Historical Examples of brassard

  • The soldier from whom his brassard was taken was considered dead.

    Georges Guynemer

    Henry Bordeaux

  • So popular was the last-named corps that many fictitious members were soon arrested for bearing its brassard.

  • I declare I hardly dare go into the shops with the Red Cross brassard on my arm.

  • He wore the Red Cross brassard on the sleeve of his cassock and he carried the Host in a little bag of purple silk.

  • It took very little time to round them up, cut a cross in the hair on their backs and place a brassard round their ears.

    Five Months at Anzac

    Joseph Lievesley Beeston

British Dictionary definitions for brassard


brassart (ˈbræsət)

  1. an identifying armband or badge
  2. a piece of armour for the upper arm
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Word Origin for brassard

C19: from French, from bras arm, from Latin brachium
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