Shoulder strap


Shoulder strap

A shoulder strap may be one of a number of things:

* "Carrier shoulder strap": a length of fabric or other flexible material (such as leather, vinyl, rubber), used to suspend an item, often of some weight, from the shoulder(s). The strap may be worn slung over one shoulder or across the body. In the interest of comfort, they often have some manner of padding near the middle, where the strap rests directly against the shoulder or neck. Such items include purses, guitars, rifles, etc. In the case of rifles and other such weaponry, the shoulder strap is usually referred to as a "sling". Shoulder straps may also be used in pairs on such items as a backpack or a baby carrier; the straps are worn one over each shoulder, and the item so carried is centred on the back or chest.

* "Dress shoulder strap": A length of fabric — usually one of a pair — used to support clothing, especially women's clothing, such as a dress, camisole, apron or brassiere. Shoulder straps such as these are usually made of the same material as the garment, and may be quite flimsy, as they are normally not expected to support much weight.

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Omar Bradley, displaying his rank stars on his "shirt shoulder straps".]
* "Shirt shoulder strap": A length of fabric on a shirt, blouse, or jacket, running along the length of the shoulder; it is usually stitched into the shoulder seam and fastened with a button, snap fastener, or hook fastener near the collar. They are usually found on military or military-style civilian uniforms (such as park rangers or Boy Scouts), and are used to attach epaulettes, brassards, lanyards, slip-ons, or other insignia to the uniform. Also known as a passant.

ee also

*Spaghetti strap.


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  • Shoulder strap — Shoulder Shoul der, n. [OE. shulder, shuldre, schutder, AS. sculdor; akin to D. schoulder, G. schulter, OHG. scultarra, Dan. skulder, Sw. skuldra.] 1. (Anat.) The joint, or the region of the joint, by which the fore limb is connected with the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder strap — shoulder ,strap noun count 1. ) a thin piece of cloth or other material that goes over the shoulder on clothes such as dresses: a black evening gown with rhinestone shoulder straps 2. ) a thin piece of cloth or leather attached to a bag or PURSE… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shoulder strap — n. 1. a strap, usually one of a pair, worn over the shoulder to support a garment 2. a strap worn over the shoulder for carrying a purse, camera, etc …   English World dictionary

  • shoulder-strap — shoulder straps 1) N COUNT The shoulder straps on a piece of clothing such as a dress are two narrow straps that go over the shoulders. 2) N COUNT A shoulder strap on a bag is a long strap that you put over your shoulder to carry the bag …   English dictionary

  • shoulder strap — ► NOUN 1) a narrow strip of material going over the shoulder from front to back of a garment. 2) a long strap attached to a bag for carrying it over the shoulder. 3) a strip of cloth from shoulder to collar on a military uniform or coat …   English terms dictionary

  • shoulder strap — n 1.) a long narrow piece of material on a dress or other piece of women s clothing that goes over the shoulder 2.) a long narrow piece of material fixed to a bag etc so that you can carry it over your shoulder …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shoulder strap — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms shoulder strap : singular shoulder strap plural shoulder straps 1) a thin piece of cloth or other material that goes over the shoulder on clothes such as dresses 2) a thin piece of cloth or leather fixed to a… …   English dictionary

  • shoulder strap — /ˈʃoʊldə stræp/ (say shohlduh strap) noun 1. a strap worn over the shoulder, as to support a garment. 2. the strap on any of various bags of a length designed to facilitate looping it over one s shoulder …   Australian English dictionary

  • shoulder strap — noun 1》 a narrow strip of material going over the shoulder from front to back of a garment. 2》 a long strap attached to a bag for carrying it over the shoulder. 3》 a strip of cloth from shoulder to collar on a military uniform, coat, etc …   English new terms dictionary

  • shoulder strap — shoul′der strap n. clo a strap passing over the shoulder and supporting a garment or article • Etymology: 1680–90 …   From formal English to slang


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