Definition of brassard in English:



  • 1A band worn on the sleeve, typically having an identifying mark and worn with a uniform.

    • ‘Therefore, the shoulder-sleeve insignia was authorized to be worn with the blue uppermost to conform to the manner of wearing the brassard.’
    • ‘The new brassard is a standard part of the SECPOL uniform worn with DCPUs and working dress.’
    • ‘There were three categories of brassards: for directors, officers, and rangers.’
    • ‘In general, countries that drive on the left hand side of the road wear the brassard on the right arm, whilst those that use the right hand side of the road use the left arm.’
    • ‘This brassard also still retains its original safety pin for securing the brassard to the sleeve of the medic's uniform.’
    • ‘Proficiency and Qualification badges are worn either on a brassard on the right arm or directly on the jersey.’
    • ‘The blue uniform of the central figure is that of the Sun Fire Office (founded in London in 1710), whose badge or brassard is displayed on his left sleeve.’
    • ‘Velcro patches have been placed on the top of each sleeve to enable brassards and badges to be fitted as required.’
    • ‘There's a tale in which those who choose to go about armed wear a brassard signifying the fact, and legal gunfights may break out at any time over matters large or trivial.’
    1. 1.1historical A piece of armor for the upper arm.


Late 16th century (denoting a piece of armor for the upper arm): from French, from bras arm.