[ey-pohl-yair; French ey-poh-lyer]
Origin of épaulière
- a piece of plate armor for the shoulder and the uppermost part of the arm, often overlapping the adjacent parts of the chest and back.
Origin of pauldron
1400–50; earlier paleron, poleron, late Middle English polron, pollerons (plural) < Middle French espalleron shoulder. See epaulet
Also called epaulière.
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Examples from the Web for epauliere
I smote him back, a mighty blow upon his epauliere that shore the steel plate from his shoulder, and left him a vulnerable spot.The Shame of Motley
- either of two metal plates worn with armour to protect the shoulders
C15: from French espauleron, from espaule shoulder; see epaulette
Word Origin and History for epauliere
"armor for the shoulder," mid-15c., from Old French espauleron, from espaule (French épaule) "shoulder" (see epaulet)
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper