aigrette

noun
ai·​grette | \ ā-ˈgret How to pronounce aigrette (audio) , ˈā-ˌgret \

Definition of aigrette

1 : a spray of feathers (as of the egret) for the head
2 : a spray of gems worn on a hat or in the hair

Examples of aigrette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delicate and adorned with wispy white feathers that wouldn’t come cheap, this aigrette (the French word for egret) would rest atop the head of a rich and fashionable society figure. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "Keeping Feathers Off Hats–And On Birds," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of aigrette

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aigrette

French, plume, egret, from Middle French — more at egret

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“Aigrette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aigrette. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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