Definition of Sam Browne in English:

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Sam Browne

Pronunciation: /samˈbraʊn/
(also Sam Browne belt)


A leather belt with a supporting strap that passes over the right shoulder, worn by army and police officers.
Example sentences
  • The Sam Browne belt worn by the Army officers had been abandoned in 1937 because they could not be worn under a parachute harness.
  • In front were two officers on horseback, with highly polished Sam Browne belts, rifles in leather covers on the sides of their horses.
  • These simple alterations allowed every officer who so desired to be armed with one of the finest sixguns ever to be worn on a Sam Browne belt.


Early 20th century: named after Sir Samuel J. Brown(e) (1824–1901), the British military commander who invented it.

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