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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.]
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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]
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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
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Translations

epaulette

[ˈepɔːlet] Ncharretera f
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epaulette

[ˌɛpəˈlɛt] epaulet (US) népaulette f
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epaulette

nEpaulette f, → Schulterstück nt
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References in classic literature ?
The gloomy Eugene too, is not without some kindred touch; for, when that appalling Lady Tippins declares that if Another had survived, he should have gone down at the head of her list of lovers--and also when the mature young lady shrugs her epaulettes, and laughs at some private and confidential comment from the mature young gentleman--his gloom deepens to that degree that he trifles quite ferociously with his dessert-knife.
I hated the abrupt self-confident tone of his voice, his admiration of his own witticisms, which were often frightfully stupid, though he was bold in his language; I hated his handsome, but stupid face (for which I would, however, have gladly exchanged my intelligent one), and the free-and-easy military manners in fashion in the "'forties." I hated the way in which he used to talk of his future conquests of women (he did not venture to begin his attack upon women until he had the epaulettes of an officer, and was looking forward to them with impatience), and boasted of the duels he would constantly be fighting.
Prince Andrew in a traveling coat without epaulettes had been packing with his valet in the rooms assigned to him.
"What is the meaning of this intrusion, Lieutenant?" he demanded, noting the other's epaulettes. "Leave the room at once."
'When I do,' said the locksmith quietly, 'my hands shall drop off at the wrists, and you shall wear them, Simon Tappertit, on your shoulders for epaulettes.'
A mass of timber on its head, carved into the dim and distant semblance of a cocked hat, together with a representation of a star on the left breast and epaulettes on the shoulders, denoted that it was intended for the effigy of some famous admiral; but, without those helps, any observer might have supposed it the authentic portrait of a distinguished merman, or great sea-monster.
Following the mimic representative of Hutchinson came a military figure, holding before his face the cocked hat which he had taken from his powdered head; but his epaulettes and other insignia of rank were those of a general officer, and something in his mien reminded the beholders of one who had recently been master of the Province House, and chief of all the land.
Two epaulettes graced the shoulders of the hero; and before the picture was done, although it was somewhat at variance with republican principles, an aristocratical star glittered on its breast.
These narrow bands of tattooing, thus placed, always reminded me of those stripes of gold lace worn by officers in undress, and which are in lieu of epaulettes to denote their rank.
Till the eve of his promotion to the rank of lieutenant-colonel of cavalry it was fair to suppose that it was his ambition to retire in the course of some campaign with a colonel's epaulettes and pension.
But as most of them had, hanging up among their stock, an officer's coat or two, epaulettes and all, I was rendered timid by the costly nature of their dealings, and walked about for a long time without offering my merchandise to anyone.
Returning to his apartment one evening, the General was surprised and pained to find Adam (for so the creature is named, the general being a Darwinian) sitting up for him and wearing his master's best uniform coat, epaulettes and all.