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[shev-ruh n] /ˈʃɛv rən/
a badge consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve by noncommissioned officers, police officers, etc., as an indication of rank, service, or the like.
an ornament in this form, as on a molding.
Also called chevron weave. herringbone (def 2a).
Heraldry. an ordinary in the form of an inverted V .
Origin of chevron
1300-50; Middle English cheveroun < Old French: rafter, chevron < Vulgar Latin *capriōn- (stem of *capriō), derivative of Latin caper goat
Related forms
chevroned, adjective
unchevroned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chevron
  • chevron ads, which have now suckled a whole generation.
  • Forged from this intricate folding, the polished blades rippled with chevron or herringbone patterns.
  • Oh, also don't forget the random chevron distribution that gives aircraft better fuel efficiency.
  • Scientists believed that this chevron shape would resist the swaying that could lower image quality.
  • chevron is experimenting with ways to manage the life cycle of power plants and oil refineries.
  • chevron then brought a motion for attorneys' fees and costs.
  • chevron beads are a specific, historically important type of trade bead.
  • It was sold by chevron as a white powdery dust in combination with an emulsifier.
  • chevron specifically marketed it as an ant killer, under the ortho name.
British Dictionary definitions for chevron


(military) a badge or insignia consisting of one or more V-shaped stripes to indicate a noncommissioned rank or length of service
(heraldry) an inverted V-shaped charge on a shield, one of the earliest ordinaries found in English arms
(usually pl) a pattern of horizontal black and white V-shapes on a road sign indicating a sharp bend
any V-shaped pattern or device
Also called dancette. an ornamental moulding having a zigzag pattern
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, ultimately from Latin caper goat; compare Latin capreoli two pieces of wood forming rafters (literally: little goats)
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Word Origin and History for chevron

late 14c., from Old French chevron "rafter; chevron" (13c.), the accent mark so called because it looks like rafters of a shallow roof, from Vulgar Latin *caprione, from Latin caper "goat" (see cab); the hypothetical connection between goats and rafters being the animal's angular hind legs. Cf. Latin capreolus "props, stays, short pieces of timber for support," lit. "wild goat, chamoix."

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