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epaulet

noun ep·au·let \ˌe-pə-ˈlet; ˈe-pə-ˌlet, -lət\

Simple Definition of epaulet

  • : a decorative piece on the shoulder of a uniform

Full Definition of epaulet

  1. :  something that ornaments or protects the shoulder: as a :  an ornamental fringed shoulder pad formerly worn as part of a military uniform b :  an ornamental strip or loop sewn across the shoulder of a dress or coat

ep·au·let·ted play \ˌe-pə-ˈle-təd, ˈe-pə-ˌ\ adjective

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Variants of epaulet

also ep·au·lette play \ˌe-pə-ˈlet; ˈe-pə-ˌlet, -lət\

Origin of epaulet

French épaulette, diminutive of épaule shoulder, from Old French espalle, from Late Latin spatula shoulder blade, spoon, diminutive of Latin spatha spoon, sword — more at spade


First Known Use: 1778


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