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noun chev·ron \ˈshev-rən\

Definition of chevron

  1. :  a figure, pattern, or object having the shape of a V or an inverted V: such asa :  a heraldic charge consisting of two diagonal stripes meeting at an angle usually with the point upb :  a sleeve badge that usually consists of one or more chevron-shaped stripes that indicates the wearer's rank and service (as in the armed forces)

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First appearing in English in the 14th century, chevron derives via Middle English and Anglo-French from the Vulgar Latin word caprio, meaning "rafter (probably due to its resemblance to two adjoining roof beams)." It is also related to the Latin noun caper, meaning "goat," again likely based on the resemblance of a V-shape to a goat’s horns. "Caper" is also an ancestor of "Capricorn," the tenth sign of the zodiac, represented by a goat. The resemblance of "chevron" to "chèvre," the French word for "goat" and our word for a kind of cheese that comes from goat’s milk, is no coincidence, as that word derives from "caper" as well.

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Origin and Etymology of chevron

Middle English cheveron, from Anglo-French, rafter, chevron, from Vulgar Latin *caprion-, *caprio rafter; akin to Latin caper goat


CHEVRON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of chevron for English Language Learners

  • : a shape, pattern, or object in the form of a V or an upside-down V

  • : a piece of cloth that is shaped like a V and that is worn on the sleeve of a military or police uniform to show a person's rank


CHEVRON Defined for Kids

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noun chev·ron \ˈshev-rən\

Definition of chevron for Students

  1. :  a sleeve badge of one or more bars or stripes usually in the shape of an upside-down V indicating the wearer's rank (as in the armed forces)


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