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epaulette


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epaulet  \Ep"au*let`\,  Epaulette  \Ep"au*lette`\,  n.  [F. 
  ['e]paulette,  dim.  of  ['e]paule  shoulder,  fr  L.  spatula  a 
  broad  piece  (LL.,  shoulder),  dim.  of  spatha  abroad,  flat 
  instrument,  fr  Gr  ?,  also  a  broad  rib,  shoulder  blade.  See 
  {Spade}  the  instrument,  and  cf  {Epaule},  {Spatula}.]  (Mil.) 
  A  shoulder  ornament  or  badge  worn  by  military  and  naval 
  officers,  differences  of  rank  being  marked  by  some  peculiar 
  form  or  device,  as  a  star,  eagle,  etc.;  a  shoulder  knot. 
 
  Note:  In  the  United  States  service  the  epaulet  is  reserved 
  for  full  dress  uniform.  Its  use  was  abolished  in  the 
  British  army  in  1855. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epaulette 
  n  :  an  ornamental  cloth  pad  worn  on  the  shoulder  [syn:  {epaulet}] 




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