One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rosette or knot of ribbons worn in a hat as a badge of office or party, or as part of a livery.
- ‘They were staunch Jacobites, and even after Culloden they continued to bear arms and wear the white cockade.’
- ‘Two flunkeys stood at the back of the carriage and the little cockades in their hats were fashioned according to the rank of their employer.’
- ‘After many noisy toasts had been drunk, and none to the nation, the national cockade was said to have been trampled as the air rang with unpatriotic slogans.’
- ‘The wives and daughters of leading artists dressed in white with tricolor cockades in their hair when they went to publicly donate their jewelry.’
- ‘The guards on both sides - the opposing side equally smart with dark green cockades - were rapid-marching to and fro.’
- ‘The country is peopled with patriots in red caps and tricoloured cockades, armed with national muskets and sabres.’
- ‘This helmet plaque, with the remains of a tricolour cockade and an imperial eagle upon it, must be that of someone who fought at Borodino.’
- ‘In his bonnet the champion sports a cockade neither of Jacobite white nor of Hanoverian black.’
- ‘For the head they wear a straw hat, wide brim and a cockade on the left side.’
- ‘Although the external decoration varied from garland to garland, similarities did exist consisting of ‘printed paper rosettes, cockades, and silk hangings’.’
- ‘This was often adorned with a cockade and gold lace.’
- ‘He argues that participation in political institutions (from voting to wearing cockades and singing republican hymns) led to a sense of empowerment among villagers.’
- ‘I greeted him, pinning a cheery red, white and blue cockade to his hat.’
Mid 17th century: from French cocarde, originally in bonnet à la coquarde, from the feminine of obsolete coquard ‘saucy’.
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