One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornament on some military and naval uniforms, consisting of braided loops hanging from the shoulder and on dress uniforms ending in points that resemble pencils.
- ‘Similar aiguillettes are worn on the right shoulder by Aides de Camp to the Governor-General.’
- ‘An order of 1764 discontinued the wearing of the aiguillette and replaced it with an epaulette worn on the left shoulder.’
- ‘Firmin can supply ceremonial aiguillettes and shoulder boards manufactured from gold and silver wires for state ceremonial, aides de camp and senior officers.’
- ‘Airmen leaders will wear the single braided red, yellow or green aiguillette with all uniform combinations; chapel assistants will wear the white aiguillette; drum and bugle or fife and drum will wear the silver or white and navy blue aiguillette; drill team members and special activity teams will wear the black aiguillette.’
- ‘Normal aiguillettes are gold with a blue thread woven through; Flag Officers wear only gold aiguillettes.’
- ‘We have a wide range of lanyards, aiguillettes and swordknots that add flair to your personality.’
- ‘The belt and buckle with the aiguillette are still in the original round, black leatherette-faced cardboard container.’
- ‘Bright aluminum bullion aiguillette shows virtually no wear or age and is complete with slide, cords, and attaching loops in virtually unissued condition.’
- ‘Patterned and flecked cord aiguillettes are also available, as well as a variety of tags and attachments for the tips of the aiguillette itself.’
- ‘The aiguillette was probably first used to lace parts of the uniform together and evolved to become part of the uniform for higher ranks, and ultimately for Equerries and Aides-de-Camp.’
- ‘Perfect example of the dress aiguillette which has been well kept and protected in the box.’
- ‘Another tale recounts that aiguillettes originated with the cord and pencil worn by generals and staff officers for writing dispatches.’
- ‘But in 1914, the notions of shoulders braid and aiguillettes confound themselves.’
- ‘Coats, jackets, and other garments became increasingly embellished during the 18th century as epaulettes, loops, lace, and aiguillettes all appeared.’
- ‘Aside from being an insignia for an aide, aiguillette like cords were awarded to American soldiers by the French and Belgium governments as the Fourragére.’
- ‘The leadership academe is the only aiguillette allowed on the right shoulder.’
Mid 16th century: from French, literally ‘small needle’, diminutive of aiguille.
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