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epaulet

or epaulette

[ep-uh-let, -lit, ep-uh-let] /ˈɛp əˌlɛt, -lɪt, ˌɛp əˈlɛt/
noun
1.
an ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms, chiefly by military officers.
Origin of epaulet
1775-1785
1775-85; < French épaulette, equivalent to épaule shoulder (< Latin spatula blade; see spatula) + -ette -ette
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n.

1783, from French épaulette (16c.), diminutive of épaule "shoulder," from Old French espaule (12c.), from Latin spatula "flat piece of wood, splint," later "shoulder blade," diminutive of spatha "broad wooden instrument, broad sword," from Greek spathe "a broad flat sword" (see spade (n.1)).

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