Definition of bandolier in English:


(also bandoleer)


  • A shoulder-belt with loops or pockets for cartridges.

    • ‘There were stakes thrust in his belt, and he wore a bandoleer over his left shoulder, also studded with wooden stakes.’
    • ‘She carried a bandolier of various ammunitions, a few handguns, a sniper rifle, a shotgun, and a big, fat machine gun.’
    • ‘They shaved freshly, and donned their red uniforms, bandoliers, bayonets and cross-straps.’
    • ‘Dragging himself upright, Sarr straightened his belt and his bandolier, checking the holstered weapons rhythmically.’
    • ‘I entered the bottom of the central building, where we stored the spare bandoleers that the deserters dropped.’
    • ‘They have canteens on their belts and AK - 47s and bandoliers of rounds across their shoulders.’
    • ‘Basic webbing ammunition belts and pouches were supplemented by as many bandoliers as the soldier could carry without falling down.’
    • ‘His face was painted black, and lines and bandoliers of ammunition were draped across his shoulders and neck.’
    • ‘I strapped on the ammo pods, put the bandoleer across my chest, put my mask over my face, and grabbed my gun.’
    • ‘Two too-large gun belts were slung over her slender hips, grenade-laden bandolier thrown over one shoulder, a machine gun resting in her arms, and a sinister smile on her face.’
    • ‘Erek smiled back as he strapped a bandolier of grenades over his shoulder.’
    • ‘They wear bandoliers of self-contained paint cartridges.’
    • ‘The undoubted chief, so swathed in bandoliers of ammunition that bullets fired at him would have bounced off, reached down and grabbed my hand.’
    • ‘My rifle was on fire, my tunic was on fire and the bandolier of ammunition I had slung round me was on fire.’
    • ‘Bradley, still kneeling, hurled a dagger from his bandolier at the knight, but the knight's crossed blades formed an effective defense against it and sent the dagger skittering across the stone floor.’
    • ‘Hank grabbed his bandoleer and started to check the ammo clips one by one.’
    • ‘Tightening her weapon belt and slinging the bandolier that held her sword over her shoulder, Nuria headed for the gate, helmet in hand.’
    • ‘It was also decided that all Marines would carry their sleeping bags, an extra bandolier of small arms ammunition, and extra stretchers - initially to carry ammunition and then casualties.’
    • ‘As Mari rose slightly to fire overhead he knelt back down and began to reload again, noting his depleted bandolier.’
    • ‘In the middle of summer they are wearing fur hats, their undress tunics are trimmed in front and around with gold lace, and they sport white pistol lanyards and leather bandoliers.’


Late 16th century: from French bandoulière; perhaps from Spanish bandolera (from banda sash), or from Catalan bandolera (from bandoler bandit).