Sam Browne Belt

Sam Browne Belt
   A Sam Browne belt is a sword or pistol belt for officers. The strap supports the left side from the hip, passing over the right shoulder. Originally the belt was supported by two shoulder straps that crossed each other, one for each shoulder. Later only one strap was used, and it passed over the left shoulder to keep the trouser from sagging from the weight of the sword. Still later, when the belt became primarily an ornament of dress, the belt was transferred to the right shoulder. The belt became de rigueur for dress uniforms in the British army and was widely used by armies throughout the world.
   Today the belt is a standard part of the dress of drill groups, marching bands, and cadets.
   Born in India, Samuel Browne (1824-1901) spent a distinguished career in that country. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for crushing a native rebellion. In 1888 he was named a general, but he was unable to don the belt he invented because he had only one arm. The other had been lost in the rebellion.

Dictionary of eponyms. . 2013.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sam Browne belt — [sam′ broun′] n. [after Brit Gen. Sir Samuel J. Browne (1824 1901)] a military officer s belt with a diagonal strap across the right shoulder, designed to carry the weight of a pistol or sword …   English World dictionary

  • Sam Browne belt — Sam′ Browne′ belt [[t]ˈsæm ˈbraʊn[/t]] n. a sword belt with a supporting strap over the right shoulder, worn as part of a uniform • Etymology: 1910–15; after its inventor, British generalSamuel Browne(1824–1901) …   From formal English to slang

  • Sam Browne belt — The Sam Browne belt is a wide belt, usually leather, which is supported by a strap going diagonally over the right shoulder. It is most often seen as part of a military or police uniform.OriginsIts origins are uncertain. The earliest known… …   Wikipedia

  • Sam Browne belt — noun leather belt supported by a strap over the right shoulder • Hypernyms: ↑belt • Part Holonyms: ↑military uniform * * * noun or sam browne ˌsa]mˌbrau̇n , ˌsaa] Usage: usually capitalized S & 1st B …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sam Browne belt — noun Etymology: Sir Samuel James Browne died 1901 British army officer Date: 1915 a leather belt for a dress uniform supported by a light strap passing over the right shoulder called also Sam Browne …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Sam Browne belt — n. leather duty belt for a dress uniform held by a light strap that passes over the right shoulder (named after Sam Browne) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Sam Browne belt — /sam brown / a sword belt having a supporting strap over the right shoulder, formerly worn by officers in the U.S. Army, now sometimes worn as part of the uniform by police officers, guards, and army officers in other nations. [1910 15; named… …   Universalium

  • Sam Browne belt — noun a military belt having a supporting strap over the right shoulder, worn by officers. {designed after the sword belt invented by Sir Samuel James Browne, 1824–1901, British general} …  

  • Sam Browne (disambiguation) — Sam Browne may refer to:*Sam Browne (1824 ndash;1901), UK general *Sam Browne (musician), UK singerItems named Sam Browne:*Sam Browne belt, item of clothing named for General Sam Browneee also*Samuel Brown *Sam Brown …   Wikipedia

  • Sam Browne — General Sir Samuel James Browne VC GCB KCSI (3 October 1824 14 March 1901) was a British Indian Army cavalry officer in India and the Near East, best known today as the namesake of the Sam Browne belt.He was born in Barrackpore, India, the son of …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”