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An ornament on some military and naval uniforms, consisting of braided loops hanging from the shoulder and on dress uniforms ending in points.
- ‘Coats, jackets, and other garments became increasingly embellished during the 18th century as epaulettes, loops, lace, and aiguillettes all appeared.’
- ‘Another tale recounts that aiguillettes originated with the cord and pencil worn by generals and staff officers for writing dispatches.’
- ‘Perfect example of the dress aiguillette which has been well kept and protected in the box.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Bright aluminum bullion aiguillette shows virtually no wear or age and is complete with slide, cords, and attaching loops in virtually unissued condition.’
- ‘We have a wide range of lanyards, aiguillettes and swordknots that add flair to your personality.’
- ‘Normal aiguillettes are gold with a blue thread woven through; Flag Officers wear only gold aiguillettes.’
- ‘Firmin can supply ceremonial aiguillettes and shoulder boards manufactured from gold and silver wires for state ceremonial, aides de camp and senior officers.’
- ‘Patterned and flecked cord aiguillettes are also available, as well as a variety of tags and attachments for the tips of the aiguillette itself.’
- ‘But in 1914, the notions of shoulders braid and aiguillettes confound themselves.’
- ‘The belt and buckle with the aiguillette are still in the original round, black leatherette-faced cardboard container.’
- ‘An order of 1764 discontinued the wearing of the aiguillette and replaced it with an epaulette worn on the left shoulder.’
- ‘The leadership academe is the only aiguillette allowed on the right shoulder.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Similar aiguillettes are worn on the right shoulder by Aides de Camp to the Governor-General.’
Mid 16th century: from French, literally small needle diminutive of aiguille.
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