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[ko-keyd] /kɒˈkeɪd/
a rosette, knot of ribbon, etc., usually worn on the hat as part of a uniform, as a badge of office, or the like.
Origin of cockade
1650-60; alteration of cocarde < French, equivalent to coc cock2 + -arde -ard
Related forms
cockaded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cockade
Historical Examples
  • A grass-green frock-coat, too, bound with gold; and a cockade in your hat!'

  • Also it had given them a cockade, of red and blue, the colours of Paris.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • And then he looked at the sash and the cockade, and hesitated, apparently at a loss.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • He had shot the Colonel of the Swiss Guards through his cockade.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And am I really to become a midshipman, and wear a cockade in my hat, and a dirk by my side?

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • The cockade on the hat is the privilege abroad of ambassadors; it is bad form.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • One of our people—Felipe el Galan—took them to make a cockade with.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • A patriot's dinner is more my need, citoyenne, than a cockade.

    In the Name of Liberty

    Owen Johnson
  • There are also the cockade screens, usually of ivory or sandalwood.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • The bairn had but one word for her father from then till he started, and that was "cockade."

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for cockade


a feather or ribbon worn on military headwear
Derived Forms
cockaded, adjective
Word Origin
C18: changed from earlier cockard, from French cocarde, feminine of cocard arrogant, strutting, from coqcock1
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Word Origin and History for cockade

1709, earlier cockard (1650s), from French cocarde (16c.), fem. of cocard (Old French cocart) "foolishly proud, cocky," as a noun, "idiot, fool;" an allusive extension from coq (see cock (n.1)).

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