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aigrette

[ey-gret, ey-gret] /ˈeɪ grɛt, eɪˈgrɛt/
noun
1.
a plume or tuft of feathers, especially the back plume of any of various herons, arranged as a head ornament.
2.
a jeweled ornament depicting or suggesting this, usually worn in the hair or on a hat.
Origin of aigrette
1635-1645
1635-45; < French, equivalent to aigr- (< Germanic; compare Old High German heiger heron) + -ette -ette. See egret, heron
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Historical Examples
  • She gave herself airs, and bought an aigrette for her Sunday bonnet.

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • The Man glanced at the aigrette, smiled discreetly, and said nothing.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The law is in effect; and the aigrette business is dead in this state.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • From the aigrette in her hair to the paste buckle on her shoe she was mondaine.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • If I am correctly informed, the London feather trade admits that it requires six egrets to yield one "ounce" of aigrette plumes.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Miss Pritchett flushed and tossed her head till the aigrette in her smart little bonnet shook like a leaf.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He published a succession of pages showing the frightful cost at which the aigrette was secured.

  • Because I am a woman: I realize that no head ornament will set off my hair so well as an aigrette.

  • The demand for the aigrette constantly increased and rose to hitherto unknown figures.

  • Her daughter, Lady Dering, came also arrayed in a queenly dress of amber silk with an aigrette of feathers in her hair.

British Dictionary definitions for aigrette

aigrette

/ˈeɪɡrɛt; eɪˈɡrɛt/
noun
1.
a long plume worn on hats or as a headdress, esp one of long egret feathers
2.
an ornament or piece of jewellery in imitation of a plume of feathers
Word Origin
C19: French
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