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epaulet

[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.
Also, epaulette.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French épaulette, equivalent to épaule shoulder (< Latin spatula blade; see spatula) + -ette -ette
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Examples for epaulettes
  • He's got big hands and wore a fleece with southwestern-patterned epaulettes.
  • He had a tricornered hat, and red and white in his coat, and epaulettes on his shoulders.
  • Or, she reckons, swatches from a tattered leather jacket could double as chic epaulettes on a high-end used sweater.
  • Townsend with a beautiful sword, belt and epaulettes.
Word Origin and History for epaulettes
epaulet
1783, from Fr. épaulette, dim. of epaule "shoulder," from O.Fr. espaule, from L. spatula "flat piece of wood, splint," later "shoulder blade," dim. of spatha "broad wooden instrument, broad sword," from Gk. spathe "a broad flat sword" (see spade (1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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