shoulder knot

shoulder knot

n.
1. Either of two detachable braided cords worn on each shoulder of the full-dress uniform of a commissioned officer.
2. An ornamental knot of ribbon or lace formerly worn on the shoulder.

shoul′der knot`


n.
1. a knot of ribbon or lace worn on the shoulder in the 17th and 18th centuries.
2. a military ornament of braided cord worn on the shoulders on ceremonial occasions.
[1670–80]
References in classic literature ?
At the moment when he was coolly retying his shoulder knots, with his nose in the air, he saw the shadow approaching him with slow steps, so slow that he had ample time to observe that this shadow wore a cloak and a hat.
Knot Tying Procedure: The free ends of suture were tied with a three and half-hitch knot (Fisherman knot) and advanced down the cannula with the Shoulder Knot Pusher.
It was not until 1872 that Army JAs were first authorized to wear special uniforms with distinctive insignia, and that the letters "JA" in old English letters were embroidered on each shoulder knot.
By World War i, however, shoulder knots disappeared from service dress uniforms, and JAs wore a one-inch dark brown metal crossed sword and pen insignia on the standing collar of the olive drab uniform coat.
Subsequently, the castle appeared on the shoulder knot, on the saddle cloth, as a collar device, and on the buttons.
I caught nothing, nada -- no angle shades or silver Ys which was disappointing, and certainly no Blair's shoulder knot, a superb grey moth with beautiful black streaking, rather than a stress-related problem for the PM.
The Blair's shoulder knot is a fascinating little creature that has spread rapidly north from the Isle of Wight since the 1950s, and I was hoping to draw one in, as they fly in October and November.
New-style badges and emblems were introduced and shoulder knots disappeared.