Definition of epaulette in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛpəlɛt/
/ˈɛpɔːlɛt/ /ˌɛpəˈlɛt/
(US also epaulet)


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An ornamental shoulder piece on an item of clothing, especially on the coat or jacket of a military uniform: an army greatcoat with fancy epaulettes and brass buttons
More example sentences
  • Look out for shirts with pockets, epaulettes - and especially shirt dresses, which will be making a strong statement this spring.
  • Or he would take apart a necklace and use it as an epaulet on the shoulder of a jacket so that the coat would be ‘covered with trinkets and madness.’
  • The cuffs were also of the same nature, as were the epaulettes on the shoulders of his military tunic.


Late 18th century: from French épaulette, diminutive of épaule 'shoulder', from Latin spatula in the late Latin sense 'shoulder blade'.

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