[ pawl-druhn ]

  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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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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How to use pauldron in a sentence

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

    Armour &amp; Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
  • To the left shoulder-piece or pauldron one of the upright neck-guards is still fixed by rivets.

    Armour in England | J. Starkie Gardner
  • 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
  • His sword was cut cleanly in two, his left pauldron was cleanly cleaved, and a great numbness afflicted his left shoulder.

    A Knyght Ther Was | Robert F. Young

British Dictionary definitions for pauldron


/ (ˈpɔːldrən) /

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

Origin of pauldron

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

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