from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A belt, usually of ornamented leather, worn across the chest to support a sword or bugle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A belt used to hold a sword, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A broad belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn over one shoulder, across the breast, and under the opposite arm; it is used to support a sword or bugle by the left hip; less properly, any belt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A belt, or an ornament resembling a belt.
- n. In particular— A belt worn round the waist, as the Roman cingulum, or military belt.
- n. A jeweled ornament worn round the neck by both ladies and gentlemen in the sixteenth century.
- n. Figuratively, the zodiac.
- n. A belt worn over the right or left shoulder, crossing the body diagonally to the waist or below it, either simply as an ornament or to suspend a sword, dagger, or horn. Such belts, in medieval and Renaissance times, were sometimes richly decorated and garnished with bells, precious stones, etc.
- n. The leather thong or gear by which the clapper of a church-bell was formerly suspended.
- n. Also spelled baldrick.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hip
Middle English baudrik, from Old French baudre and from Middle High German balderich.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French baldre (Modern French baudrier) , probably from Latin balteus ("belt"). (Wiktionary)