[ey-gret, ey-gret]


a plume or tuft of feathers, especially the back plume of any of various herons, arranged as a head ornament.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aigrette

Historical Examples of aigrette

  • She gave herself airs, and bought an aigrette for her Sunday bonnet.

    Lady Cassandra

    Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

  • The Man glanced at the aigrette, smiled discreetly, and said nothing.

    The Secret Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The law is in effect; and the aigrette business is dead in this state.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • From the aigrette in her hair to the paste buckle on her shoe she was mondaine.


    Sarah Jeanette Duncan

  • If I am correctly informed, the London feather trade admits that it requires six egrets to yield one "ounce" of aigrette plumes.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

British Dictionary definitions for aigrette




a long plume worn on hats or as a headdress, esp one of long egret feathers
an ornament or piece of jewellery in imitation of a plume of feathers

Word Origin for aigrette

C19: French
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