baldric c.1300, "belt worn over the shoulder," from O.Fr. baldre (Mod.Fr. baudrier "shoulder-belt"), which probably is from L. balteus "belt," said by Varro to be of Etruscan origin. The English word perhaps influenced by M.H.G. balderich (which is itself from the Old French).

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  • Baldric — Bal dric, n. [OE. baudric, bawdrik, through OF. (cf. F. baudrier and LL. baldringus, baldrellus), from OHG. balderich, cf. balz, palz, akin to E. belt. See {Belt}, n.] A broad belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn over one shoulder, across the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baldric — [bôl′drik΄] n. [ME bauderik < OFr baudrei < Frank * balti, belt < ? L balteus > BELT] a belt worn over one shoulder and across the chest to support a sword, bugle, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Baldric — A baldric (also baldrick, bawdrick, bauldrick as well as some other, mostly rare or obsolete, variations) is a belt worn over one shoulder that is typically used to carry a weapon (usually a sword) or other implement such as a bugle or drum. [… …   Wikipedia

  • Baldric —    A shoulder belt. A Gladius is a short, double edged thrusting sword used by ancient Roman infantry. It was worn at the right hip on a belt or a baldric …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • baldric — noun Etymology: Middle English baudry, baudrik, from Middle French baudré, from Old French baldrei Date: 14th century an often ornamented belt worn over one shoulder to support a sword or bugle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • baldric — baldricked, adj. /bawl drik/, n. a belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip, supporting a sword, horn, etc. Also, baldrick. [1250 1300; ME bauderik, bawdryk, baudry < AF baudré, baldré, OF baldrei, baudré, perh. <… …   Universalium

  • baldric — noun A belt used to hold a sword, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip …   Wiktionary

  • Baldric — A belt worn crossways from the shoulder to carry a sword, usually richly decorated; a belt worn over one shoulder and under the opposite arm, supporting a horn; the strap from which the clapper of a bell was hung …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • baldric — bal|dric Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • baldric — sb. == [baudry]. Alys. 4698. Fr. baldret. Lat. balteus …   Oldest English Words

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