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Pauldron

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pauldron (Mil. Antiq) A piece of armor covering the shoulder at the junction of the body piece and arm piece.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pauldron The armor of the shoulder when it is a piece separate from that of the body and of the arm. Specifically, the elaborate defense introduced about 1400, consisting of splints, sliding one over the other or of a single piece so formed and secured by pivots that, as the arm was raised, it moved toward the neck, falling again by its own weight as the arm was lowered. The pauldron of the right shoulder was usually smaller than that of the left, to allow of freer movement of the sword-arm, and especially for passing the lance under the armpit when couched.The pauldron of the close of the fifteenth century forms an inseparable part of the articulated and elaborated suit of plate-armor. See epaulet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pauldron pawl′dron a separable shoulder-plate in medieval armour.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Powldron
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. espalleronespalle, the shoulder.

Usage

In literature:

She had his pauldrons, breastplate, and arm-coverings off in no time flat.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
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