epaulet

or ep·au·lette

[ ep-uh-let, -lit, ep-uh-let ]
/ ˈɛp əˌlɛt, -lɪt, ˌɛp əˈlɛt /

noun

an ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms, chiefly by military officers.

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Origin of epaulet

1775–85; < French épaulette, equivalent to épaule shoulder (< Latin spatula blade; see spatula) + -ette -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for epaulette

epaulette

US epaulet

/ (ˈɛpəˌlɛt, -lɪt) /

noun

a piece of ornamental material on the shoulder of a garment, esp a military uniform

Word Origin for epaulette

C18: from French épaulette, from épaule shoulder, from Latin spatula shoulder blade; see spatula
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