brassard

noun
bras·​sard | \ brə-ˈsärd How to pronounce brassard (audio) , ˈbra-ˌsärd How to pronounce brassard (audio) \

Definition of brassard

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

First Known Use of brassard

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brassard

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

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“Brassard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brassard. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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