- a rosette, knot of ribbon, etc., usually worn on the hat as part of a uniform, as a badge of office, or the like.
Origin of cockade
Examples from the Web for cockade
Historical Examples of cockade
A grass-green frock-coat, too, bound with gold; and a cockade in your hat!'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Also it had given them a cockade, of red and blue, the colours of Paris.
And then he looked at the sash and the cockade, and hesitated, apparently at a loss.
He had shot the Colonel of the Swiss Guards through his cockade.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
And am I really to become a midshipman, and wear a cockade in my hat, and a dirk by my side?Paddy Finn
W. H. G. Kingston
- a feather or ribbon worn on military headwear
Word Origin for cockade
1709, earlier cockard (1650s), from French cocarde (16c.), fem. of cocard (Old French cocart) "foolishly proud, cocky," as a noun, "idiot, fool;" an allusive extension from coq (see cock (n.1)).