Definition of Sam Browne in English:

Share this entry

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.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.