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.
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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
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
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