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[pawl-druh n]
noun Armor.
  1. 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.
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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 pauldron

Historical Examples

  • To the left shoulder-piece or pauldron one of the upright neck-guards is still fixed by rivets.

    Armour in England

    J. Starkie Gardner

  • The term Bufe is sometimes wrongly used for the upright shoulder-guards on the pauldron.

    Armour &amp; Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes

  • Pauldron, pawl′dron, n. a separable shoulder-plate in medieval armour.

  • The left arm being defended by the target has no espalier or pauldron, but only coude, vambraces, and gauntlets.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

British Dictionary definitions for pauldron


  1. either of two metal plates worn with armour to protect the shoulders
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Word Origin

C15: from French espauleron, from espaule shoulder; see epaulette
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Word Origin and History for pauldron


"armor for the shoulder," mid-15c., from Old French espauleron, from espaule (French épaule) "shoulder" (see epaulet)

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