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

Examples of bandolier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mark of a Bandito is a secret numbered tattoo: a skeleton wearing a thick mustache, a bandolier, and a sombrero, and brandishing a smoking gun. The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 One pending case was brought by eight deputies who allege they were routinely harassed by the Banditos, who have matching tattoos of a skeleton outfitted with a sombrero, bandolier and pistol. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Again, past and present will unite through works like a turn-of-the-20th-century bandolier bag with floral beadwork, an art form that continues. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Dec. 2021 Photographer Carolina Hernandez handed the two large sombreros, and Barragan draped a bandolier of bogus bullets over her shoulder, propped a toy rifle on her thigh and the cousins struck steely bandito poses. Brian Melley, ajc, 13 June 2021 The baby Fallen can be glimpsed as a bandolier-like series of bundles wrapped around a Dreg, presumably its mother. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Replaying the scene a few times, his clothing seems to change: sometimes a tactical vest, sometimes a bandolier. Nick Capozzoli, Ars Technica, 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, 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, 5 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of bandolier

circa 1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bandolier

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

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“Bandolier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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