Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural phalerae /ˈfaləriː/)
(In ancient Greece and Rome) a bright metal disc worn on the chest as an ornament by men, or used to adorn the harness of horses.
- Found entombed with numerous Celtic charioteers and warriors, ancient phalerae are ornamental metal discs worn by their horses.
- This centurio had several military decorations like torques and phalerae proudly displayed on his breast.
Latin, from the Greek plural phalara.
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