ban·​do·​lier ˌban-də-ˈlir How to pronounce bandolier (audio)
variants or bandoleer
: a belt worn over the shoulder and across the breast often for the suspending or supporting of some article (such as cartridges) or as a part of an official or ceremonial dress

Examples of bandolier in a Sentence

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Word History


borrowed from Middle French bandouliere, probably borrowed from Catalan bandolera, feminine noun derivative from bandoler "highwayman, bandit" (presumably from the use of such belts as a prop for a highwayman's firearm), earlier, "supporter, partisan," from bàndol, variant (with parasitic l) of bando "faction, party" (borrowed from Spanish, probably going back to Late Latin bandum "flag, standard") + -er, going back to Latin -ārius -er entry 2 — more at band entry 3

First Known Use

circa 1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bandolier was circa 1577

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“Bandolier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or bandoleer
: a belt worn over the shoulder and across the body along the length of which items (as cartridges) may be carried in loops or pouches

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