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a broad belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers and having a number of small loops or pockets, for holding a cartridge or cartridges.
Historical Examples

The Sikhs, emerging from their tents with bandolier and rifle, in extraordinary costumes, were directed towards the loopholes.
The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler

Dey give me musket and bandolier, and say, ‘You must fight.’
South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI) Louis Creswicke

Dr. Beauregard seated himself on the rocks, and loosing the gun from his bandolier, laid it across his knees.
Poison Island Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)

As if in compensation, the other directed a soldier to strip the bandolier from the corpse.
The Open Boat and Other Stories Stephen Crane

The English newspapers asserted that the doctor was found dead with a bandolier round his body.
Three Years’ War Christiaan Rudolf de Wet

“Here, most excellent one,” stammered the other, producing a bandolier.
His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy

Their guns were loaded, and a bandolier of cartridges crossed their breasts.
A Woman’s Part in a Revolution Natalie Harris Hammond

My water jar was out in the trench: I carried my rifle and a bandolier.
The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill

He wore a tweed suit and an overcoat, and carried a rifle and bandolier.
South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 6 (of 6) Louis Creswicke

I took his rifle, with fixed bayonet, and bandolier and fifty rounds from him.
With the “Die-Hards” in Siberia John Ward

a soldier’s broad shoulder belt having small pockets or loops for cartridges

1570s, “shoulder belt (for a wallet),” from French bandouiliere (16c.), from Italian bandoliera or Spanish bandolera, from diminutive of banda “a scarf, sash,” a Germanic loan-word related to Gothic bandwa (see band (n.2)). In some cases, directly from Spanish to English as bandoleer. Meaning “ammunition belt for a musket” is from 1590s; hence bandolero “highwayman, robber” (1832), from Spanish, literally “man who wears a bandoleer.”


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