- an ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms, chiefly by military officers.
Origin of epaulet
Examples from the Web for epaulette
It is not here, nor now, that I am going to tell why I wear the epaulette no longer.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
Wellmere fired, and the bullion flew from the epaulette of the trooper.The Spy
J. Fenimore Cooper
I think they say, sir, she's gone to Colonel Epaulette's lodge.Fontainbleau
The ball struck the epaulette on his left shoulder, and penetrated his chest.The Death of Lord Nelson
Their attitude varied in accordance with the number of stars they had on their epaulette.Fighting France
- a piece of ornamental material on the shoulder of a garment, esp a military uniform
Word Origin and History for epaulette
1783, from French épaulette (16c.), diminutive of épaule "shoulder," from Old French espaule (12c.), from Latin spatula "flat piece of wood, splint," later "shoulder blade," diminutive of spatha "broad wooden instrument, broad sword," from Greek spathe "a broad flat sword" (see spade (n.1)).