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a fabric worn around the as a badge or symbol; brassard.
Historical Examples

And that all he had to wear different from usual was an armband.
Jerry’s Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson

a band of material worn round the arm, such as one bearing an identifying mark, etc, or a black one indicating mourning
an inflatable buoyancy aid, worn on the upper arm of a person learning to swim
an elasticated band worn round the upper arm to keep the shirtsleeve in place


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