from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges and worn across the chest by soldiers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A broad belt or baldric worn over the shoulder and across the breast, and used for suspending a wallet by the side.
  • noun Specifically Such a belt worn by soldiers; a shoulder-belt from which cartridges are suspended.
  • noun Hence A nearly cylindrical case of copper or other material formerly used to contain a charge of powder.
  • noun Also spelled bandileer, bandalier, bandelier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete One of the leather or wooden cases in which the charges of powder were carried.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pocketed belt for holding ammunition, worn over the shoulder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a broad cartridge belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French bandoulière, from Spanish bandolera, diminutive of banda, band, of Germanic origin; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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  • Is this the same as bandolier? I've not seen it spelled this way, but then WeirdNet obviously has.

    July 15, 2009