ai·​guil·​lette | \ ˌā-gwi-ˈlet How to pronounce aiguillette (audio) \

Definition of aiguillette

: aglet specifically : a shoulder cord worn by designated military aides — compare fourragère

Examples of aiguillette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Having a large, active vocabulary is far more directly useful in life — in speaking, in writing, in reading — than knowing how to spell such words as erysipelas, aiguillette and pendeloque, which came up during this year’s weird finish. Eric Zorn,, "Bee minus," 3 June 2019 As many publications reported on Meghan and Harry's big day, Will notably differentiated himself by wearing a gold braid (also known as an aiguillette) with his. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Interesting Reason Why Prince Harry's Real Wedding Uniform Won't Go on Display," 30 Aug. 2018 Prince William sported golden braids — an aiguillette — on the right side of his uniform because he was bestowed as an Aide-de-Camp to the Queen in 2013, according to Kensington Palace. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything to Know About Prince Harry and Prince William's Matching Royal Wedding Outfits," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of aiguillette

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aiguillette

French — more at aglet

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“Aiguillette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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