[ bras-ahrd, bruh-sahrd ]
/ ˈbræs ɑrd, brəˈsɑrd /


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

1820–30; < French, equivalent to bras arm (see brace) + -ard -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brassard


brassart (ˈbræsət)

/ (ˈbræsɑːd) /


an identifying armband or badge
a piece of armour for the upper arm

Word Origin for brassard

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