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Recent Examples of epaulet from the Web
There are the epaulets Hamilton wore after receiving a promotion.
Most mannequins were outfitted in supple (and seriously expensive) deerskin loafers; raincoats also came with deerskin epaulets (actual rain be damned).
Dressed in a blue frock coat and epaulets with three stars on the shoulders, a black slouch hat and carrying a cigar, the Kenosha man looks like the general who led Union troops to victory and became America's 18th president.
None has any money—or any epaulets, in the case of one questionable officer.
The pièce de résistance: a veritable chandelier of crystal strands across her neckline, which also accented her shoulders as epaulets and draped down her back.
The uniforms had epaulets, braids, the whole nine yards.
Queen Angela's escort was smartly dressed in regimental blue, with gold epaulets befitting high rank and renown, and the queen's train required four attendants.
Some chefs brandish their accolades like striped epaulets.
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epaulet Has French and Latin Roots
The epaulet gets its name from what it covers - the shoulder. It comes from the French word épaulette, the diminutive of "épaule," meaning shoulder. (Another accepted spelling of the English word - "epaulette" - mirrors the French.) "Épaule" itself, though, comes from the Latin word spatha, meaning "spoon" or "sword." This Latin word (which traces back to Greek spathē, meaning "blade of a sword" or "oar") is also the root of the word spade - as in the playing card suit. (The digging implement "spade" is also a relative though the connection is less direct.)
Origin and Etymology of epaulet
EPAULET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epaulet for English Language Learners
: a decorative piece on the shoulder of a uniform
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