Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A band or badge worn around the upper arm.
  • n. A piece of armor covering the arm, especially from elbow to shoulder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An insignia or band worn around the upper arm.
  • n. An armor plate that protects the arm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an armor plate that protects the arm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. armor plate that protects the arm

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French bras, arm, from Latin brācchium; see brachium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French bras ("arm") and brassard

Examples

  • A month ago he would have had doubts about the meaning of "brassard"; now it seemed to be the very keyword for national organisation.

    Mr. Britling Sees It Through

  • An MP had left his black-and-white brassard; next to the brassard, a member of the Third Infantry had propped his buff strap and Old Guard cockade.

    Bobby and Jackie

  • Please let me know what you think, thanks theresa brassard

    ON THE RADAR: Tuesday

  • Yet another white-button-shirt paced in my direction, his green peace-brassard hanging loose.

    365 tomorrows » One Step Forward… : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • He had a badge in his cap and on his arm a brassard with the royal escutcheon; he invariably honoured me with a stiff, military salute which increased my importance in the hotel at the expense of my reputation as an innocent and unofficial man of letters.

    The Complete Stories

  • They fired at the men who were bearing off the wounded in litters; they fired at the doctors who came to the front, and at the chaplains who started to hold burial service; the conspicuous Red Cross brassard worn by all of these non-combatants, instead of serving as a protection, seemed to make them the special objects of the guerilla fire.

    The Rough Riders

  • Personnel must wear a blue helmet liner or blue beret with UN badge, blue brassard or armband, shoulder patch, blue scarf, and identity card.

    FM 7-98 Chapter 4 - Peacekeeping

  • My right entered what had been his own right arm equally easily, but emerged from the damaged brassard, protected only at the shoulder.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • In a moment more, only a landing intervened, and I could see him well; his right arm was gone, and indeed appeared to have been torn away, for tattered remnants still dangled and bled from the polished brassard.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • He wore a belt to support a pouch, a brassard of authority, and, yes, a crucifix.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

Comments

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  • Put trust in no helmet or brassard

    For life is a game played at hazard,

    So fate's subtle arts

    Will find softer parts

    And kick your incompetent ass hard.

    July 25, 2017

  • JM is tired of wearing his brassard on his sleeve so he’s putting it in his pocket.

    April 25, 2011

  • "A Slav warman as gallant as Galahad (and D'Artagnan) clasps a scabbard and draws a katana that can smash a man's brassards and slash a man's flancards."

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 28

    May 20, 2010