[ ey-gret, ey-gret ]
/ ˈeɪ grɛt, eɪˈgrɛt /


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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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

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British Dictionary definitions for aigrette



/ (ˈeɪɡrɛt, eɪˈɡrɛt) /


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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