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aigrette

Line breaks: aig|rette
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪɡrɛt
 
, eɪˈɡrɛt
 
/

Definition of aigrette in English:

noun

A headdress consisting of a white egret’s feather or other decoration such as a spray of gems.
Example sentences
  • Some of the valuable horse aigrettes, which are encrusted and plumed, are also kept in the treasury.
  • In a description written by Jacopo Ligozzi and dated 1577, aigrettes were put behind the headgear.
  • Head pieces also came to be called aigrettes if they had other feathers in them.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French, 'egret'.

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