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From about 1300, from Old French baldre (sword-belt, crossbelt), probably from Latin balteus (belt) (said by Varro to be of Etruscan origin); possibly influenced by Middle High German balderich (of French origin).[1] Compare French baudrier.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɔːldɹɪk/, [ˈbɔːɫdɹɪk]


baldric (plural baldrics)

  1. A belt used to hold a sword, sometimes richly ornamented, worn diagonally from shoulder to hip.
    • 1833, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott:
      As he rode down to Camelot:/And from his blazon'd baldric slung/A mighty silver bugle hung,/And as he rode his armor rung/Beside remote Shalott.
    • 1922, Author, The Museum Journal, Vol. XIII, The University Museum, page 168:
      The figure on the left, holding the severed head of the ox, has removed his sword with the baldric from which it is suspended and given it to his companion, who holds it beside his own with the baldric swinging.
    • 1998, Raymond E. Fiest, Krondor, the Betrayal, HarperCollins, page 16:
      The man facing Locklear had his head covered with a red bandanna, and over his shoulder was a baldric from which a cutlass at had hung.


  1. ^ baldric” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.