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A belt, usually of ornamented leather, worn crossbody to support a sword or bugle.

[Middle English baudrik, ultimately (possibly via Middle High German balderich) from Old French baldrei, baudré, probably (via Germanic) from Latin balteus, belt, baldric; see belt.]


(ˈbɔːldrɪk) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a wide silk sash or leather belt worn over the right shoulder to the left hip for carrying a sword, etc
[C13: from Old French baudrei, of Frankish origin]


(ˈbɔl drɪk)

an often ornamented belt worn diagonally across the chest to support a sword or horn.
[1250–1300; Middle English bauderik, alter. of Anglo-French baudré, baldré, Old French baldrei (of obscure orig.)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baldric - a wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hipbaldric - a wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hip
belt - a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist)
References in classic literature ?
It was D'Artagnan's sword, which, slipping from his baldric, had fallen on the sonorous flooring.
They were armed with crooked sabres, having the hilt and baldric inlaid with gold, and matched with Turkish daggers of yet more costly workmanship.
Many were the compliments and expressions of politeness that passed between Don Quixote and Don Fernando; but they were brought to an end by a traveller who at this moment entered the inn, and who seemed from his attire to be a Christian lately come from the country of the Moors, for he was dressed in a short-skirted coat of blue cloth with half-sleeves and without a collar; his breeches were also of blue cloth, and his cap of the same colour, and he wore yellow buskins and had a Moorish cutlass slung from a baldric across his breast.
On this he gave Ajax a silver-studded sword with its sheath and leathern baldric, and in return Ajax gave him a girdle dyed with purple.
In the rapid glance Alleyne saw that he had white doeskin gloves, a curling white feather in his flat velvet cap, and a broad gold, embroidered baldric across his bosom.
Too big for a youth, too small for a grown man, an experienced eye might have taken him for a farmer's son upon a journey had it not been for the long sword which, dangling from a leather baldric, hit against the calves of its owner as he walked, and against the rough side of his steed when he was on horseback.
Choctaw bags generally had rounded flaps with rounded ends on the baldrics, attaching where the flap overlapped.
Those who remember Monty Python will get the idea and imagine the Knights Templates dressed up in rubric baldrics, entertaining us with a jolly good "Outcomes Assessment Joust "
They are often dressed in white with coloured baldrics (belts) across their chests.
Dido also dressed colorfully, while other human characters generally wore sandals and shorts, shirts, baldrics, or tunics in neutral shades or black.
In distinctive "whites", green baldrics and straw hats, White Rose are a familiar sight, particularly at Holmfirth Folk Festival.
Just after the 1 December trial of Protector Somerset, and just before his 22 January execution, Ferrers (no doubt under the influence of the duke of Northumberland, who had replaced Somerset as the chief power in Edward's Privy Council) organized a massive procession through the city, the participants in baldrics of yellow and green (traditional fools' motley), which included a mock beheading just before the very real and publicly unpopular beheading of the duke of Somerset.