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shoulder knot

a knot of ribbon or lace worn on the shoulder, as by men of fashion in the 17th and 18th centuries, by servants in livery, or by women or children.
one of a pair of detachable ceremonial ornaments consisting of braided cord, worn on the shoulders by a commissioned officer.
Origin of shoulder knot
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And to whom the devil did the general of the order pass the shoulder-knot?

  • Have you lost your shoulder-knot or have you dropped your doll and broken its nose?

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • A royal edict directed courtesans to wear a shoulder-knot of a particular color as a badge of their calling.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • The shoulder-knot of the queens of Poland containing six hundred and sixty-two diamonds!

  • And what was that devil's device flashing on button and shoulder-knot?

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • The coastguard had emptied both his pistols, and one of the bullets cut through the officer's shoulder-knot.

    The Romance of the Coast James Runciman
  • The lieutenant holds the staff and hat, shoulder-knot and badge, and neckerchief of the Tenderfoot.

  • The first one did not go far, and caught in Jaqueline's shoulder-knot.

  • Once a badge of high military rank, the shoulder-knot has become, on the modern footman, a mark of servitude.

  • Behold me the grace of that shoulder-knot, Charles, and the set of that most admirable coat.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini

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