pauldron

[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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for pauldron

pauldron

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for pauldron
n.

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

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