a broad belt worn over one shoulder and across the chest, with pockets for ammunition or loops for holding cartridges
Origin of bandoleerFrench bandoulière ; from Spanish bandolera ; from banda, a scarf, sash, ultimately ; from Gothic bandwa
A belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges and worn across the chest by soldiers.
Origin of bandoleerFrench bandoulière, from Spanish bandolera, diminutive of banda, band, of Germanic origin; see bha-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Originally, a bandoleer was used for supporting the musket and twelve cases for charges of powder; it was only later used as a cartridge belt. The term also formerly referred to any of the leather or wooden cases in which the charges of powder were carried.