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An ornamental cord worn on the shoulder of a military uniform.

[French; see aglet.]


1. (Military) an ornamentation worn by certain military officers, consisting of cords with metal tips
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a variant of aglet
[C19: French; see aglet]


(ˌeɪ gwɪˈlɛt)

an ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform; aglet.
[1810–20; < French; see aiguille, -ette]
ai`guil•let′ted, adj.
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The matron soon made her appearance; and the polite Frenchman, making one of his best bows, and playing gracefully with the aiguillettes that danced upon his breast, proceeded in courteous accents to deliver his mission.
He was dressed in a doublet and hose of a violet color, with aiguillettes of the same color, without any other ornaments than the customary slashes, through which the shirt appeared.
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The uniforms came from a Milburn estate in Northumberland and include three blue jackets with red collars, cuffs and pockets, aiguillettes and brass buttons, plus three red felt and gold braided waistcoats, and three pairs of brown plush breeches.
Best man Prince Harry, a newly-promoted captain in the Blues and Royals, which is a mounted regiment of the Household Cavalry, wore his blue tunic, aiguillettes, a cross belt and gold waist belt with sword slings, but no sword.
This unique and outstanding military reference features color plates of all Marine Corps medals and ribbons; their history and award criteria; foreign awards and UN meals given to American Marines; a complete set of Marine ribbons in their correct order with all attachments and devices; all Marine insignia (including officer and enlisted rank insignia 1944 to the present day); World War II shoulder patches; descriptions of service ID badges, aiguillettes, should cords, etc.
Among the items on offer are Mijout d'Oie aux Chatignes (goose stew with chestnuts), Aiguillettes de Canard aux Cerises (duck breast slowly cooked with cherries) and Papitou Truff, a Prigordian pat with truffles.
A French friend of tiffs reporter who is an excellent cook recommends Picard's Aiguillettes de dinde au curry (pieces of turkey with curry).
insignia of rank, corps devices, epaulets, aiguillettes and swords) are deductible.
Grant, recalled forty years after her marriage the excitement of a bevy of young officers arriving at a party from nearby Jefferson Barracks, "looking so handsome in their brilliant uniforms with epaulets and aiguillettes, and chapeaux in their hands.
bargains were struck on the basis of a package of bodkins or lace-needles, or aiguillettes, which they normally carried as a distinctive badge upon the shoulder, a custom surviving to Rabelais' day.