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also ep·au·lette  (ĕp′ə-lĕt′, ĕp′ə-lĕt′)
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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or ep•au•lette

(ˈɛp əˌlɛt, -lɪt, ˌɛp əˈlɛt)

1. an ornamental shoulder piece on dress and full-dress uniforms, chiefly of military officers.
2. a usu. decorative strip or loop of fabric on the shoulder of a coat, dress, etc.
[1775–85; < French épaulette=épaule shoulder (< Latin spatula blade; see spatula) + -ette -ette]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epaulet - adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulderepaulet - 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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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 cried, bringing his big hand down heavily on his epaulet.
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.
There he was, over the shoulders of the crowd, from the two glittering epaulets and embroidered collar upward, beneath the arch of green boughs with intertwined laurel, and the banner drooping as if to shade his brow
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.
Prince Andrew, walking beside Bagration, could clearly distinguish their bandoliers, red epaulets, and even their faces.
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.
Unfortunately, the lower shelf contained nothing but relics of the Major's military life, comprising his sword and pistols, his epaulets, his sash, and other minor accouterments.
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.
I saw the trees coming up to meet us, and when the rotors were about to hit the treetops, I flipped the camera out under my left arm--it was strapped to the left shoulder epaulet of my Eotac fatigue jacket--and ducked down into crash position, forearms up to shield eyes and head.