1570s, "neck belt (for a wallet)," from French bandouiliere (16c.), from Italian bandoliera or Spanish bandolera, from diminutive of banda "a scarf, sash," a Germanic loan-word pertaining to Gothic bandwa (see musical organization (n.2)). In many cases, straight from Spanish to English as bandoleer. Meaning "ammunition belt for a musket" is from 1590s; thus bandolero "highwayman, robber" (1832), from Spanish, virtually "man whom wears a bandoleer."
an easy cartridge belt worn over the shoulder by troops
- A broad fabric buckle formerly donned by troops within the right shoulder and across the breast underneath the remaining arm. Originally it had been employed for supporting the musket and twelve cases for costs, but later only as a cartridge gear.
- among leather or wooden situations in which the costs of powder had been held.
(n.) An easy leather buckle formerly worn by troops throughout the correct shoulder and throughout the breast beneath the remaining arm. Initially it absolutely was used for giving support to the musket and twelve situations for costs, but later only as a cartridge belt.
- (n.) Among the fabric or wood instances where the costs of dust had been held.