- 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
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 and History 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)).