Epaulette

Epaulette
Epaulet Ep"au*let`, Epaulette Ep"au*lette`, n. [F. ['e]paulette, dim. of ['e]paule shoulder, fr. L. spatula a broad piece (LL., shoulder), dim. of spatha abroad, flat instrument, fr. Gr. ?, also, a broad rib, shoulder blade. See {Spade} the instrument, and cf. {Epaule}, {Spatula}.] (Mil.) A shoulder ornament or badge worn by military and naval officers, differences of rank being marked by some peculiar form or device, as a star, eagle, etc.; a shoulder knot. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the United States service the epaulet is reserved for full dress uniform. Its use was abolished in the British army in 1855.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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