Definitions

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  • n. A military cloak worn by a general and his principal officers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A military cloak worn by a general and his principal officers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cloak worn by an ancient Roman general commanding an army, his principal officers, and his personal attendants, in contradistinction to the sagum of the common soldier, and the toga or garb of peace.

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Examples

  • Instead of the usual tunic and palla, the conventional dress of women of antiquity, she is shown wearing a purple mantle known as a paludamentum.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • The consul, wearing his "paludamentum," went out into the vestibule and saw the whole of his house drawn up in order of march.

    The History of Rome, Vol. I

  • He asked for his sword and helmet, and sent for the 'paludamentum', the general's cloak of purple, embroidered with gold, which he never otherwise wore except on the field.

    A Thorny Path — Volume 07

  • On 25 August 450 she and Marcian appeared at the Hebdomon parade ground on the coast outside of Constantinople, and in view of the troops Pulcheria personally bestowed upon her new husband the diadem and the purple military paludamentum, effectively crowning him the new Augustus.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • The paludamentum, a military style of garment reminiscent of the chlamys that Agrippina Minor once scandalously wore in public, had previously been reserved for the wardrobe of emperors.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Indeed it was the coins of Aelia Flaccilla, Eudoxia, and Pulcheria to whom Western die-cutters looked for inspiration, depicting a bejeweled Placidia with a diadem set over her wavy hair, her paludamentum cloak secured by a fibula brooch and the sleeve adorned by the Christian chi-rho monogram.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • In answer he pulled his paludamentum over his head and tugged it down to hide his face.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Giving her a wide grin, he tucked his steel helmet under his arm and flung the scarlet paludamentum back to fall free of his shoulders.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • He received Octavian and Agrippa wearing his scarlet paludamentum and a pretty set of gold armor, its cuirass tooled to show Aemilius Paullus on the battlefield at Pydna, a famous victory.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • He shrugged, untied the strings of his paludamentum, which fell to the floor in a puddle of bright red.

    Antony and Cleopatra

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