from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- After the manner of a baldric; over one shoulder and hanging down to the waist.
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Chamberlain handed his letters patent to the Secretary who read them down to the words _Cincturam gladii_, when the King girt the kneeling Earl, baldric-wise, with the sword, all the company standing.
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