American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges and worn across the chest by soldiers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A broad belt or baldric worn over the shoulder and across the breast, and used for suspending a wallet by the side.
- n. Specifically Such a belt worn by soldiers; a shoulder-belt from which cartridges are suspended.
- n. Hence A nearly cylindrical case of copper or other material formerly used to contain a charge of powder. A number of these were slung to a baldric or shoulder-belt, and formed the common means of charging the harquebuse, or in modern times the musket.
- n. Also spelled bandileer, bandalier, bandelier.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A broad leather belt formerly worn by soldiers over the right shoulder and across the breast under the left arm. Originally it was used for supporting the musket and twelve cases for charges, but later only as a cartridge belt.
- n. obsolete One of the leather or wooden cases in which the charges of powder were carried.
- n. a broad cartridge belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers
- From earlier form bandollier, from Middle French bandoulliere, from Catalan bandolera - feminine derivative of bandoler ("member of a band of men"), from Spanish bandol ("band") + -er (Wiktionary)
- French bandoulière, from Spanish bandolera, diminutive of banda, band, of Germanic origin; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One bandaleere [a bandoleer was a belt worn to carry the cases which held the powder charges].”
“The bandoleer is a plastic sash with detailing of a few items that look like ammo cartridges or grenades and this level of detail is very cool.”
“I prefer Red Green's seatbelt approach, wherein the shoulder belt looks like an ammunition bandoleer and is therefore awesome to wear (Episode #1216, "Rain Man").”
“Keep a bandoleer with the gun with various buckshot and slug loads.”
“The only advantage Gadhafi has is the air force, said Saleh Mostafa, 19, wearing green fatigues, black sneakers and a bandoleer of machine-gun ammunition across his chest.”
“Almond plans to have his pistol loaded and openly carried, his rifle unloaded and slung to the rear, a bandoleer of magazines containing ammunition draped over his polo-shirted shoulder.”
“The boy, himself a junior cadet with a slot waiting at one of the military schools, clutched the bandoleer tight to his chest.”
“Before she strapped two of them across her chest and back, bandoleer-style, she held another one of the r ifles with the barrels pointed at her, took a deep breath, and fired, covering herself and the command chair, but not the console, with the odious-smelling sap.”
“First, his bandoleer bag can hold some smaller accessories such as cables, business cards, or Ewok jerky.”
“I like what I've seen thus far - though I still question the sewing aspect of the Hatter's costume with the slight exception of the bobbin-bandoleer; that's just cool.”
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