Definition of chevron in English:

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chevron

Pronunciation: /ˈSHevrən/

noun

Image of chevron
1A line or stripe in the shape of a V or an inverted V, especially one on the sleeve of a uniform indicating rank or length of service.
Example sentences
  • On his sleeve was the chevron of a petty officer.
  • Along with the Badge of Military Merit in the summer of 1782, Washington also authorized a chevron for enlisted personnel signifying each three years of satisfactory service.
  • Those veterans who were authorized by Army Regulations 600-95 to wear wound chevrons could apply for the new award.
1.1 Heraldry An ordinary in the form of a broad inverted V-shape.
Example sentences
  • The dining-room of this old house is decorated with a coat of arms, chevrons, and bars rouge upon a field argent, which prove, upon inquiry, to be the shield of Nicholas de la Reynie, a high official of King Louis XIV.

Origin

Late Middle English (in heraldic use): from Old French, based on Latin caper 'goat'; compare with Latin capreoli (diminutive of caper) used to mean 'pair of rafters'.

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Syllabification: chev·ron

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