epaule·​ment | \ āpōlmäⁿ \
plural epaulements\ -​äⁿ(z) \

Definition of epaulement

1 : a barricade of earth like a rough parapet used mainly as cover from flanking fire
2 usually épaulement \ " \, [French, from épauler + -ment] ballet : a shoulder movement performed by turning the body from the waist upward and bringing one shoulder forward and the other back

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History and Etymology for epaulement

French épaulement, from épaule + -ment

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“Epaulement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epaulement. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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