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[foo r-uh-zhair; French foo-ra-zher]
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noun, plural four·ra·gères [foo r-uh-zhairz; French foo-ra-zher] /ˈfʊər əˌʒɛərz; French fu raˈʒɛr/. (in French and U.S. military use)
  1. an ornament of cord worn on the shoulder.
  2. such a cord awarded as an honorary decoration, as to members of a regiment or other unit that has received a requisite number of citations.

Origin of fourragère

Borrowed into English from French around 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for fourragere


  1. an ornamental cord worn on the shoulder of a uniform for identification or as an award, esp in the US and French Armies

Word Origin

French, feminine adj of fourrager relating to forage, from fourrage forage
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