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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

epauletted play \ˌe-pə-ˈle-təd, ˈe-pə-ˌ\ adjective

Did You Know?

The epaulet gets its name from what it covers - the shoulder. It comes from the French word épaulette, the diminutive of "épaule," meaning shoulder. (Another accepted spelling of the English word - "epaulette" - mirrors the French.) "Épaule" itself, though, comes from the Latin word spatha, meaning "spoon" or "sword." This Latin word (which traces back to Greek spathē, meaning "blade of a sword" or "oar") is also the root of the word spade - as in the playing card suit. (The digging implement "spade" is also a relative though the connection is less direct.)

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Variants of epaulet

also epaulette 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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