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or ai·gret  (ā-grĕt′, ā′grĕt′)
1. An ornamental tuft of upright plumes, especially the tail feathers of an egret.
2. An ornament, such as a spray of gems, resembling a tuft of plumes.

[French, egret, from Old French; see egret.]


(ˈeɪɡrɛt; eɪˈɡrɛt) or


1. (Clothing & Fashion) a long plume worn on hats or as a headdress, esp one of long egret feathers
2. (Jewellery) an ornament or piece of jewellery in imitation of a plume of feathers
[C19: French]


(ˈeɪ grɛt, eɪˈgrɛt)

1. a plume of feathers, esp. from a heron, worn as a head ornament.
2. an ornament depicting this, usu. for the hair or hat.
[1635–45; < French, =aigr- (< Germanic; compare Old High German heiger heron) + -ette -ette. See egret, heron]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aigrette - a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plumeaigrette - a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume
plume - a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament


nReiherfeder f, → Reiherbusch m (old)
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