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a belt, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip, supporting a sword, horn, etc.
Historical Examples

baldrick, an ancestor of the lady Eveline Berenger “the betrothed.”
Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.

If the baldrick hung with bells was worn out in parts, he cut those pieces away and turned the baldrick into a belt.
English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop

In raising her father’s remains she found under them a baldrick in which his sword had hung, embroidered by her own hands.
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

His sceptre, spurs, baldrick and scabbard were also of gold, and his fingers blazed with diamonds.
Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould

It was D’Artagnan’s sword, which, slipping from his baldrick, had fallen on the sonorous flooring.
The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas

I raced indoors, seized the sergeant’s tuck and took his baldrick from him, heedless of his vile threats.
The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough

With an oath he got out a dagger that hung from his baldrick.
The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini

Softly I stepped to the bed-rail where I had hung my sword by the baldrick, and as softly I unsheathed it.
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini

Hence Homer has given to his hero of this name a serpent for a device, both upon his breastplate, and upon his baldrick.
A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) Jacob Bryant

Thereupon M. de Radisson falls in such fits of laughter, I had thought he must split his baldrick.
Heralds of Empire Agnes C. Laut

a wide silk sash or leather belt worn over the right shoulder to the left hip for carrying a sword, etc

c.1300, “belt worn over the shoulder,” from Old French baldre (Modern French baudrier “shoulder-belt”), which probably is from Latin balteus “belt,” said by Varro to be of Etruscan origin. The English word perhaps influenced by Middle High German balderich (which itself is from the Old French).


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