- a decorative cloth band, often braided or tasseled, worn around the upper arm, as by military personnel to signify a particular group, regiment, etc.
- Also brassart [bras-ahrt, bruh-sahrt] /ˈbræs ɑrt, brəˈsɑrt/. a piece of plate armor for the arm.
Origin of brassard
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Examples from the Web for brassard
The soldier from whom his brassard was taken was considered dead.Georges Guynemer
So popular was the last-named corps that many fictitious members were soon arrested for bearing its brassard.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army
Charles Alexander Gordon
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
- an identifying armband or badge
- a piece of armour for the upper arm
C19: from French, from bras arm, from Latin brachium