- a plume or tuft of feathers, especially the back plume of any of various herons, arranged as a head ornament.
- a jeweled ornament depicting or suggesting this, usually worn in the hair or on a hat.
Origin of aigrette
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Examples from the Web for aigrette
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.
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.
- a long plume worn on hats or as a headdress, esp one of long egret feathers
- an ornament or piece of jewellery in imitation of a plume of feathers
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