cock·​ade kä-ˈkād How to pronounce cockade (audio)
: an ornament (such as a rosette) usually worn on a hat as a badge
cockaded adjective

Examples of cockade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French revolutionaries pinned cockades to their clothes; suffragettes slung purple-​and-​green sashlike ribbons across their chests. Alice Robb, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 As a general and eventual emperor, Napoleon wore the cockade to symbolize his own revolutionary leadership. Jenny Goldsberry, Washington Examiner, 19 Nov. 2023 Lafayette, on his return to France in 1779, was a hero with all the glamour of revolution clinging to his cockade, as charismatic as Che Guevara in the sixties, but with a better character. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 Later, the tricolour seeped out from the cockade into the broader political sphere and is now immortalised in the French flag, a symbol of national identity and unity. The Economist, 17 June 2020 In revolutionary France, the Marquis de Lafayette, the same French aristocrat who fought in the American revolutionary war, is said to have designed the red, blue and white cockade. The Economist, 17 June 2020 Nearly 500 costume makers and enthusiasts from around the world converged on the DoubleTree Hotel at Hazard Center this weekend for panels on makeup transformations, fun with fosshape, beginner embroidery and ribbon cockades. David Garrick,, 14 May 2018 See More

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Word History


modification of French cocarde, from feminine of cocard vain, from coq cock, from Old French coc, of imitative origin

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cockade was in 1709

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“Cockade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cock·​ade kä-ˈkād How to pronounce cockade (audio)
: an ornament (as a rosette) worn on the hat as a badge

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