ai·​guil·​lette ˌā-gwi-ˈlet How to pronounce aiguillette (audio)
: aglet
specifically : a shoulder cord worn by designated military aides compare fourragère

Examples of aiguillette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, eight students could not be tripped up – not by Latin (cernuous: drooping), Greek (erysipelas: a type of disease), or French (aiguillette: a military shoulder cord) – and the bee ended in an eight-way tie. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 May 2023 Above his golden braided aiguillettes were the royal monograms for his grandmother, who died in September at age 96, and his father, who was crowned in a glittering ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Saturday. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 11 May 2023 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,, 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, 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, 19 May 2018

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Word History


French — more at aglet

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aiguillette was in 1792

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“Aiguillette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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