epaulet
also epaulette noun Etymology: French épaulette, diminutive of épaule shoulder, from Old French espalle, from Late Latin spatula shoulder blade, spoon, diminutive of Latin spatha spoon, sword — more at spade Date: 1783 something that ornaments or protects the shoulder: as a. an ornamental fringed shoulder pad formerly worn as part of a military uniform b. an ornamental strip or loop sewn across the shoulder of a dress or coat • epauletted adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Epaulet — (af fransk épaulette) var oprindelig beskyttelsesmiddel for skuldrene, men anvendes nu som prydelse og distinktion for officerer af hær og flåde samt for enkelte højere civilembedsmænd. Epaulet er af fransk oprindelse. Den indførtes i midten af… …   Danske encyklopædi

  • epaulet — UK [ˌepəˈlet] / US or epaulette UK / US noun [countable] Word forms epaulet : singular epaulet plural epaulets a decoration worn on the shoulder of a shirt, jacket, or coat, especially by a soldier as part of a uniform …   English dictionary

  • Epaulet — Ep au*let , Epaulette Ep au*lette , n. [F. [ e]paulette, dim. of [ e]paule shoulder, fr. L. spatula a broad piece (LL., shoulder), dim. of spatha abroad, flat instrument, fr. Gr. ?, also, a broad rib, shoulder blade. See {Spade} the instrument,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epaulet — 1783, from Fr. épaulette (16c.), dim. of épaule shoulder, from O.Fr. espaule (12c.), 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • epaulet — or epaulette [ep΄ə let′, ep′ə let΄] n. [Fr épaulette, dim. of épaule, shoulder < OFr espale < L spatula: see SPATULA] 1. a shoulder ornament for certain uniforms, esp. military uniforms 2. an ornamental strip or tab on the shoulder of a… …   English World dictionary

  • epaulet — См. epaulett …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • epaulet — /ep euh let , lit, ep euh let /, n. an ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms, chiefly by military officers. Also, epaulette. [1775 85; < F épaulette, equiv. to épaule shoulder ( < L spatula blade; see SPATULA) + ette ETTE] * * * …   Universalium

  • epaulet — noun A decoration or flourish worn on the shoulders, as on a uniform …   Wiktionary

  • epaulet — Synonyms and related words: Hershey bar, aviation badge, badge, bar, chevron, chicken, eagle, hash mark, insignia of branch, oak leaf, organization insignia, overseas bar, parachute badge, patch, pip, service stripe, shoulder patch, shoulder… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • epaulet — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. badge, shoulder ornament, insignia; see badge 2 , decoration 3 …   English dictionary for students

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