Definition of epaulette in English:

epaulette

(US epaulet)

Pronunciation: /ˈɛpəlɛt//ˈɛpɔːlɛt//ˌɛpəˈlɛt/

noun

  • An ornamental shoulder piece on an item of clothing, especially on the coat or jacket of a military uniform.

    ‘an army greatcoat with fancy epaulettes and brass buttons’
    • ‘Just over a year ago, a new uniform was adopted, replacing the former uniform with its epaulette and caps, which reflected the military origins of most of the judiciary.’
    • ‘Wearing his military uniform, decorated with medals and gold epaulets, he looked fit, impressive, and self-assured.’
    • ‘He wore the ceremonial lavender Administrator robe with a gold collar and epaulets.’
    • ‘Look out for shirts with pockets, epaulettes - and especially shirt dresses, which will be making a strong statement this spring.’
    • ‘Military officials, meanwhile, looked as if they were heading for a parade, strutting around in uniform with gold epaulettes and medals on display.’
    • ‘I purchased a navy surplus coat, and it came with epaulets.’
    • ‘The epaulettes on the choker tunic of his black naval uniform bore the four stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘Or he would take apart a necklace and use it as an epaulet on the shoulder of a jacket so that the coat would be ‘covered with trinkets and madness.’’
    • ‘However there were no epaulettes, and no uniform trousers.’
    • ‘He was rushed to hospital where doctors found that the epaulette on his shirt had saved him from the worst of the wound.’
    • ‘She straightened one of the epaulettes on his shoulders that bore the four gold stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘The traditional blue trousers with blue or white shirts with epaulettes and ties made paramedics look more like police and were becoming impractical.’
    • ‘The cuffs were also of the same nature, as were the epaulettes on the shoulders of his military tunic.’
    • ‘Have you considered shoulder pads and epaulettes?’
    • ‘Coats, jackets, and other garments became increasingly embellished during the 18th century as epaulettes, loops, lace, and aiguillettes all appeared.’
    • ‘She wears a jacket with epaulettes and metal buttons.’
    • ‘After rising through the flying ranks to captain, he switched his epaulettes for a business suit to move into a corporate job with the airline.’
    • ‘I just wish the pilot wasn't wearing shiny black shoes, pressed black trousers, and a white, starched shirt with epaulettes that vaguely suggest a naval uniform.’
    • ‘Their formidable presence, clad in gray uniforms with epaulettes and badges, and the silence pervading their stares, shattered a comfort barrier that held my mind in check and kept others from noticing a sign of personal distress.’
    • ‘The two dwarves were dressed in plain brown shirts and trousers of the same design, and they had gold epaulettes on their shoulders.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French épaulette, diminutive of épaule shoulder, from Latin spatula in the late Latin sense shoulder blade.

Pronunciation:

epaulette

/ˈɛpəlɛt//ˈɛpɔːlɛt//ˌɛpəˈlɛt/