A rosette or knot of ribbons worn in a hat as a badge of office or party, or as part of a livery.
More example sentences
- Although the external decoration varied from garland to garland, similarities did exist consisting of ‘printed paper rosettes, cockades, and silk hangings’.
- Two flunkeys stood at the back of the carriage and the little cockades in their hats were fashioned according to the rank of their employer.
- They were staunch Jacobites, and even after Culloden they continued to bear arms and wear the white cockade.
mid 17th century: from French cocarde, originally in bonnet à la coquarde, from the feminine of obsolete coquard 'saucy'.
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- A well-bred innocent, dressed in elegant sober clothes and perhaps from the provinces, falls victim to a couple of cockaded predators, preposterous in their ragged finery.
- Outside in a corridor is an old gent in a white uniform and a cockaded turban who has spent 37 years in a gilded cage slowly shuddering up and down a narrow stairwell.
- This shows the troops, wearing their cockaded hats and carrying banners decorated with cockerels swarming into the Piazza del Popolo.
Definition of cockade in:
- The British & World English dictionary