- a knot of ribbon or lace worn on the shoulder, as by men of fashion in the 17th and 18th centuries, by servants in livery, or by women or children.
- one of a pair of detachable ceremonial ornaments consisting of braided cord, worn on the shoulders by a commissioned officer.
Origin of shoulder knot
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for shoulder knot
Behold me the grace of that shoulder-knot, Charles, and the set of that most admirable coat.The Lion's Skin
And to whom the devil did the general of the order pass the shoulder-knot?A Romance of the West Indies
And what was that devil's device flashing on button and shoulder-knot?The Reckoning
Robert W. Chambers
The first one did not go far, and caught in Jaqueline's shoulder-knot.A Little Girl in Old Washington
Amanda M. Douglas
Have you lost your shoulder-knot or have you dropped your doll and broken its nose?Ancient Manners