brassard [bras-ahrd, bruh-sahrd] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a decorative cloth band, often braided or tasseled, worn around the upper arm, as by military personnel to signify a particular group, regiment, etc.
  2. Also brassart [bras-ahrt, bruh-sahrt] /ˈbræs ɑrt, brəˈsɑrt/. a piece of plate armor for the arm.

Origin of brassard 1820–30; French, equivalent to bras arm (see brace) + -ard -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for brassard Historical Examples of brassard

  • The soldier from whom his brassard was taken was considered dead.

    Georges Guynemer

    Henry Bordeaux

  • So popular was the last-named corps that many fictitious members were soon arrested for bearing its brassard.

    Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army

    Charles Alexander Gordon

  • I declare I hardly dare go into the shops with the Red Cross brassard on my arm.

    A Journal of Impressions in Belgium

    May Sinclair

  • He wore the Red Cross brassard on the sleeve of his cassock and he carried the Host in a little bag of purple silk.

    A Journal of Impressions in Belgium

    May Sinclair

  • It took very little time to round them up, cut a cross in the hair on their backs and place a brassard round their ears.

    Five Months at Anzac

    Joseph Lievesley Beeston

  • British Dictionary definitions for brassard brassard brassart (ˈbræsət) noun

    1. an identifying armband or badge
    2. a piece of armour for the upper arm

    Word Origin for brassard C19: from French, from bras arm, from Latin brachium Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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