- either of two standing pieces of metal or cuir-bouilli, attached to the shoulders as an ornament or as a means of displaying the wearer's arms: used c1275–c1350.
Origin of ailette
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Examples from the Web for ailette
South of the Ailette River the French fought their way forward foot by foot.
Assemblages of German troops north of Ailette were dispersed with heavy losses by the concentrated fire from French batteries.
The enemy had already moved their artillery across the Ailette to a ridge north of the river.America's War for Humanity
Thomas Herbert Russell
Since then they had clung desperately to this ridge, which dominates the valley of the Aisne and the Ailette Valley.
The use of the ailette has somewhat perplexed antiquarian writers.Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe