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ep·au·let

also ep·au·lette  (ĕp′ə-lĕt′, ĕp′ə-lĕt′)
n.
A shoulder ornament, especially a fringed strap worn on military uniforms.

[French épaulette, diminutive of épaule, shoulder, from Old French espaule, from Late Latin spatula, shoulder blade; see espalier.]

epaulette

(ˈɛpəˌlɛt; -lɪt) or

epaulet

n
(Clothing & Fashion) a piece of ornamental material on the shoulder of a garment, esp a military uniform
[C18: from French épaulette, from épaule shoulder, from Latin spatula shoulder blade; see spatula]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epaulette - adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulderepaulette - adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
shoulder board, shoulder mark - epaulets that indicate rank
Translations

epaulette

[ˈepɔːlet] Ncharretera f

epaulette

[ˌɛpəˈlɛt] epaulet (US) népaulette f

epaulette

nEpaulette f, → Schulterstück nt
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To such a one He assigns a life in a general's epaulets or as a privy councillor--to such a one, I say, He assigns a life of command; whereas to another one, He allots only a life of unmurmuring toil and suffering.
Prince Andrew, walking beside Bagration, could clearly distinguish their bandoliers, red epaulets, and even their faces.
There was nothing to distinguish these Subordinate judges from the better part of the spectators, except gravity, which they affected a little more than common, and that one of their number was attired in an old-fashioned military coat, with skirts that reached no lower than the middle of his thighs, and bearing two little silver epaulets, not half so big as a modern pair of shoulder-knots.
If you think it incredible that to imagine Lydgate as a man of family could cause thrills of satisfaction which had anything to do with the sense that she was in love with him, I will ask you to use your power of comparison a little more effectively, and consider whether red cloth and epaulets have never had an influence of that sort.
A pen-stroke might demolish his civilian epaulets, his place at court, his sinecure, his two offices and their advantages; in all, six salaries retained under fire of the law against pluralists.
His father told him of the wicked, rascally, shameful conduct of the bankrupt, reminded him of what he had said about Amelia, and that their connection was broken off for ever; and gave him that evening a good sum of money to pay for the new clothes and epaulets in which he looked so well.
he cried, bringing his big hand down heavily on his epaulet.
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
He returned to France with the epaulet of sub-lieutenant, and as the protection of the general, who is in the highest favor, was accorded to him, he was a captain in 1823, during the Spanish war -- that is to say, at the time when Danglars made his early speculations.
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Yet, even at 77, Lauren can deliver a jolt of surprise, which he did by showing a handsome lightweight black linen safari jacket " patch pockets, epaulets, the whole Papa Hemingway shebang " re-imagined as a jaunty set of evening clothes.
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