His face was black with powder, his clothes were torn, one epaulette was gone, the other hung dangling over his breast.
It is not here, nor now, that I am going to tell why I wear the epaulette no longer.
Wellmere fired, and the bullion flew from the epaulette of the trooper.
The ball struck the epaulette on his left shoulder, and penetrated his chest.
Malevola almost jumped out of her dog-skin when she saw the glitter of that epaulette.
Their attitude varied in accordance with the number of stars they had on their epaulette.
The epaulette upon his shoulder denoted that he was an officer; he was indeed second in command in the privateer.
They were made without sleeves, like a waistcoat, and an epaulette overhung the armhole.
My second epaulette did not reach me till 1830; then I took a little turn in Africa.
Spurning buttons, he aspired to the epaulette, and was appointed paymaster to the 7th Hussars.
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)).