[ ey-pohl-yair; French ey-poh-lyer ]
/ ˌeɪ poʊlˈyɛər; French eɪ poʊˈlyɛr /

noun, plural é·pau·lières [ey-pohl-yairz; French ey-poh-lyer] /ˌeɪ poʊlˈyɛərz; French eɪ poʊˈlyɛr/. Armor.

Origin of épaulière

< French, equivalent to épaule (see epaulet) + -ière, feminine form of -ier -ier2; cf. brassiere

Definition for epauliere (2 of 2)

[ pawl-druh n ]
/ ˈpɔl drən /

noun Armor.

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.
Compare spaulder.

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|Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for epauliere

/ (ˈpɔːldrən) /


either of two metal plates worn with armour to protect the shoulders

Word Origin for pauldron

C15: from French espauleron, from espaule shoulder; see epaulette
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