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

1650–60; alteration of cocarde < French, equivalent to coc cock2 + -arde -ard
Related formscock·ad·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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!'

  • Also it had given them a cockade, of red and blue, the colours of Paris.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • And then he looked at the sash and the cockade, and hesitated, apparently at a loss.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • He had shot the Colonel of the Swiss Guards through his cockade.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for cockade



a feather or ribbon worn on military headwear
Derived Formscockaded, adjective

Word Origin for cockade

C18: changed from earlier cockard, from French cocarde, feminine of cocard arrogant, strutting, from coq cock 1
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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)).

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