From Middle English belt, from Old English belt ("belt, girdle"), from Proto-Germanic *baltijaz ("girdle, belt"), from Latin balteus ("belt, sword-belt"), of Etruscan origin. Cognate with Scots belt ("belt"), Dutch belt, German Balz ("belt"), Danish bælte ("belt"), Swedish bälte ("belt, cincture, girdle, zone") and Icelandic belti ("belt").
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