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shoulder knot

a knot of ribbon or lace worn on the shoulder, as by men of fashion in the 17th and 18th centuries, by servants in livery, or by women or children.
one of a pair of detachable ceremonial ornaments consisting of braided cord, worn on the shoulders by a commissioned officer.
Origin of shoulder knot
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was now in an adjutant's uniform with one epaulet and a shoulder knot.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • In the Lieutenants hands were the staff and hat, the shoulder knot, badge and neckerchief of the Tenderfoot Elise.

    The Girl Scouts Rally Katherine Keene Galt
  • His hose, his stockings and the lining of his cloak were blue and of the color of his shoulder knot.

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