un chevroned


a badge consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve by noncommissioned officers, police officers, etc., as an indication of rank, service, or the like.
an ornament in this form, as on a molding.
Also called chevron weave. herringbone ( def 2a ).
Heraldry. an ordinary in the form of an inverted V .

1300–50; Middle English cheveroun < Old French: rafter, chevron < Vulgar Latin *capriōn- (stem of *capriō), derivative of Latin caper goat

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chevron (ˈʃɛvrən)
1.  military a badge or insignia consisting of one or more V-shaped stripes to indicate a noncommissioned rank or length of service
2.  heraldry an inverted V-shaped charge on a shield, one of the earliest ordinaries found in English arms
3.  (usually plural) a pattern of horizontal black and white V-shapes on a road sign indicating a sharp bend
4.  any V-shaped pattern or device
5.  Also called: dancette an ornamental moulding having a zigzag pattern
[C14: from Old French, ultimately from Latin caper goat; compare Latin capreoli two pieces of wood forming rafters (literally: little goats)]

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1390s, from O.Fr. chevron "rafter," since it looks like rafters of a shallow roof, from V.L. *caprione, from L. caper "goat," the likely connection between goats and rafters being the animal's angular hind legs.
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