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