shoulder knot

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shoulder knot

Historical Examples of shoulder knot

  • Behold me the grace of that shoulder-knot, Charles, and the set of that most admirable coat.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And to whom the devil did the general of the order pass the shoulder-knot?

  • 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.

  • Have you lost your shoulder-knot or have you dropped your doll and broken its nose?

    Ancient Manners

    Pierre Louys