Word of the Day

pauldron

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAWL-druhn)
MEANING:
noun: A piece of plate armor to protect the shoulder.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French épaule (shoulder), from Latin spatula (blade). Earliest documented use: before 1396.

USAGE:
"The influence is most obvious in the rather silly haute couture designs of John Galliano for Christian Dior, with their exaggerated pauldrons … over their svelte models’ right shoulders."
Richard Nilsen; Middle Ages and High Fashion; The Arizona Republic (Phoenix); May 31, 2009.

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