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Bandolier

Definition:  A broad cartridge belt worn over the shoulder, usually by soldiers.

Pronunciation:  Ban-duh-leer

Origin:

It sounds like an akin to bandanna, doesn’t it?  Actually, it is, but only as an appurtenance.  It was originally derived from the French word bandouilere meaning a shoulder belt (for a wallet).

Why this word?

Bandolier is a great example for a rather violent word that can very easily be transformed into a loving noun! In its simplest way, you can use it as a “bandolier of bullets”, but this is the violent mainstream usage we should choose not to choose. Just a little bit of imagination and we would be able to transform it in different ways.  Now to innovate, keep on supplanting bullets with things like love, courage, sarcasm or anything that sounds pertinent. And your sentence would look something like this:

“Walking with the bandolier of courage strapped on his chest, he gainsaid their ensconced beliefs.”

There could be a bandolier of crayons, thoughts, ideas. Anything! It is actually a kind of receptacle, so put in anything you want, but keep in mind that it should sound relevant.

How to use the word Bandolier in sentence?

It’s an extremely easy-to-use noun.  Resort to this word every time when you need to express a large number/amount of something. For example:

He hopped into the car with a full bandolier of credit cards and headed for the outback.

I think I will go with Carl; He travels with a bandolier of fun strapped to his chest.

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Written by Akshay Dashore

Akshay is a Civil engineer who, for his love of words, preferred words over engineering. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.

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