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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 from the web 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

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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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