chev·​ron | \ ˈshev-rən How to pronounce chevron (audio) \

Definition of chevron

: a figure, pattern, or object having the shape of a V or an inverted V: such as
a : a heraldic charge consisting of two diagonal stripes meeting at an angle usually with the point up
b : 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)

Illustration of chevron

Illustration of chevron

chevrons b: 1 marine staff sergeant, 2 air force staff sergeant, 3 army staff sergeant

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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.

Examples of chevron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suddenly, a chevron of Italian Air Force jets blasted across the horizon toward the city, arcing through the sky above the St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace and leaving behind a trail of tricolor plumes. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 But there are few things more praiseworthy than his epochal mustache, a luscious chevron ripped straight from the '80s. Scottie Andrew And Leah Asmelash, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 When the MLK Apartments were built in 1969, the project won architectural accolades for its innovative design, appearing from the air in the shape of a chevron. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 15 Aug. 2021 The bone features inverted V’s in a chevron shape, as reported by NBC. Fox News, 6 July 2021 The Progress flag builds on the six-stripe rainbow of the Pride flag by adding a chevron of white, pink, light blue, brown and black -- to symbolize transgender rights, people of color and those living with or lost to HIV/AIDS. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 25 June 2021 Though in the recent years, members of the community have modified the flag with a chevron along the hoist that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white to represent people of color and the transgender community. Phillip Zonkel, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 This flag incorporates black and brown stripes representing race, and the white, pink and blue stripes of the Transgender Pride flag, into a chevron intersecting the traditional, six-color Pride flag designed by Gilbert Baker. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The chevron-like pattern on the dial was created using three different dial-making techniques: lacquer, laser and an electroplating/galvanic treatment. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 5 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chevron

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chevron

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

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chev·​ron | \ ˈshev-rən How to pronounce chevron (audio) \

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: 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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