Definition of chevron in English:



  • 1A V-shaped line or stripe, especially one on the sleeve of a uniform indicating rank or length of service.

    • ‘That package includes some road markings, including chevrons and red surfacing, more road signs and extra visibility on ‘wider’ bends.’
    • ‘Geometric designs have always feature prominently in Celtic artwork with spirals, chevrons, scrolls and knot work.’
    • ‘Along with the Badge of Military Merit in the summer of 1782, Washington also authorized a chevron for enlisted personnel signifying each three years of satisfactory service.’
    • ‘The new cheaper polyester ones look cheap and nasty and the chevrons are dull.’
    • ‘On his sleeve was the chevron of a petty officer.’
    • ‘The markings are a mixture of red paint and chevrons which urge motorists to move into the left hand lane shortly before the road becomes a single carriageway again.’
    • ‘Those veterans who were authorized by Army Regulations 600-95 to wear wound chevrons could apply for the new award.’
    • ‘We are getting issued with service chevrons - one for each year's service.’
    • ‘His uniform fit his dark appearance, black with deep gold chevrons and embroidery decorating the sleeves and chest.’
    • ‘Cars that wear the double chevron symbol have always seemed indelibly French.’
    • ‘Enlisted grade inflation spiraled upward until 1945, by which time every infantry rifle company NCO had sewed on another chevron.’
    • ‘Look for green and peach in denim or cord with chevron stripes and floaty dresses.’
    • ‘Allied ground forces in Normandy used a white star for the same reason, and in the Gulf war in 1990-1 Allied vehicles bore a distinguishing chevron.’
    • ‘Diagonal and chevron stripes and details help create a thinner middle shape by moving the eye toward your center, not your sides.’
    • ‘Three chevrons on the shirtsleeves marked him as being a sergeant.’
    • ‘He went out to help with the umpiring, wearing a white cricket jersey with chevron stripes, and a striped umbrella.’
    • ‘The 1948 career plan created the Army's current pay grades and led to changes in chevrons.’
    • ‘They have swiped hundreds of signs, including chevrons and direction indicators giving motorists advance notice of hazards.’
    • ‘The north wall doubles as a media screen, and part of the south wall, boldly painted in red and black chevrons, pivots open to allow the largest works of art to be trucked in.’
    • ‘One of the armoured ones sported the gold chevrons of an officer on his cuirass.’
    line, band, strip, belt, bar, swathe, streak, striation, vein, thread
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    1. 1.1Heraldry An ordinary in the form of a broad inverted V-shape.
      • ‘The dining-room of this old house is decorated with a coat of arms, chevrons, and bars rouge upon a field argent, which prove, upon inquiry, to be the shield of Nicholas de la Reynie, a high official of King Louis XIV.’


Late Middle English (in heraldic use): from Old French, based on Latin caper ‘goat’; compare with Latin capreoli (diminutive of caper) used to mean ‘pair of rafters’.