[ ey-gret, ey-gret ]
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  1. a plume or tuft of feathers, especially the back plume of any of various herons, arranged as a head ornament.

  2. a jeweled ornament depicting or suggesting this, usually worn in the hair or on a hat.

Origin of aigrette

1635–45; <French, equivalent to aigr- (<Germanic; compare Old High German heiger heron) + -ette-ette. See egret, heron

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How to use aigrette in a sentence

  • She wore a rather severe evening gown of black net, and in her gray hair was a quivering black aigrette.

    Patty's Friends | Carolyn Wells
  • A diamond aigrette sparkled on her head, but her beautiful white throat was bare of ornaments.

    Lady Cassandra | Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • Dark phase, Head and neck rufous; back slate; about 30 "aigrette" plumes.

  • "aigrette" plumes, short, dirty gray; rump and belly white; legs blackish.

  • White, about 50 straight "aigrette" plumes grow from the back between the wings; legs and feet black.

British Dictionary definitions for aigrette



/ (ˈeɪɡrɛt, eɪˈɡrɛt) /

  1. a long plume worn on hats or as a headdress, esp one of long egret feathers

  2. an ornament or piece of jewellery in imitation of a plume of feathers

Origin of aigrette

C19: French

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