: armor for protecting the arm see armor illustration
: a cloth band worn around the upper arm usually bearing an identifying mark

Word History


French brassard, from Middle French brassal, from Old Italian bracciale, from braccio arm, from Latin bracchium — more at brace entry 2

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brassard was in 1830

Dictionary Entries Near brassard

Cite this Entry

“Brassard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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