- an ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms, chiefly by military officers.
Origin of epaulet
Examples from the Web for epaulet
He was now in an adjutant's uniform with one epaulet and a shoulder knot.War and Peace
It was not the hero I admired, but the reflection from his epaulet or helmet.The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume VI, Familiar Letters
Henry David Thoreau
The judges, he of the black robe and those of the epaulet, communed together.Tom Cringle's Log
The distance was too great, the wind too strong; he only carried away an epaulet.The Trail of the Sword, Complete
Haven't I my epaulet on my shoulder, to let everybody know I'm an officer?Pencil Sketches
Word Origin and History for epaulet
1783, from French épaulette (16c.), diminutive of épaule "shoulder," from Old French espaule (12c.), from Latin spatula "flat piece of wood, splint," later "shoulder blade," diminutive of spatha "broad wooden instrument, broad sword," from Greek spathe "a broad flat sword" (see spade (n.1)).