ban·​do·​lier | \ ˌban-də-ˈlir How to pronounce bandolier (audio) \
variants: or bandoleer

Definition of bandolier

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Replaying the scene a few times, his clothing seems to change: sometimes a tactical vest, sometimes a bandolier. Nick Capozzoli, Ars Technica, "How Modern Warfare smooths over the horrors of war," 22 Nov. 2019 Representing the Rebellion are the Chewie Rocking Stool, which is of course an homage to the beloved Wookiee Chewbacca, right down to his signature bandolier. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "The Star Wars Furniture You've Always Dreamed About Is Finally Available in the U.S.," 18 June 2019 Qatari police officers in national dress, wearing crisscrossing bandoliers, patrol some areas of Doha on horseback, a nod to a time before Qatar’s vast natural gas wealth when rifle-carrying cavalry defended the emirate. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: A year into boycott, few signs of crisis in Qatar," 5 June 2018 When the Panthers appeared on the scene with their bandoliers, berets, and guns, they were immediately framed as a threat to the system of law and order in America. Nicole Hemmer, Vox, "The government prosecution of a “black identity extremist” fell apart. Meanwhile, white supremacists are on the march.," 18 May 2018 In December, Tesla and Panasonic workers were manually assembling bandoliers, rows of lithium-ion cells glued on either side of a cooling tube. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla appears to be making steady progress in Model 3 production," 26 Jan. 2018 Another newcomer is Tyrant's Fares Fares, who is playing tech expert Antoine Costa: Dolores is sporting a bandolier, which perhaps hints that more violence is sure to come. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Photos From Westworld Season 2 Show Just How Much Has Changed at the Park," 16 Mar. 2018 Each photo is a miniature stage play: a boy wraps himself in a rope, like a noose or a bandolier; girls in finery scrabble for candy; refugee children solemnly display their toys. David Campany, The New Yorker, "Mark Neville’s Immersive Photo Experiment," 22 May 2017 However, when aesthetics trump practicality, which is probably more of the time than might be good for us, a little flap- or zipper-top thing worn bandolier style just doesn't cut the mustard anymore. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Unpopular Opinion: The Cross-Body Bag Is Dead," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of bandolier

circa 1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bandolier

Middle French bandouliere, ultimately from Old Spanish bando band, of Germanic origin; akin to Goth bandwo — more at banner

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“Bandolier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bandolier

: a belt that is worn over the shoulder and across the body and that holds bullets

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