Meaning of “epaulette” in the English Dictionary

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"epaulette" in British English

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epaulettenoun [ C ]

UK US epaulet uk /ˌep.əˈlet/ us /ˌep.əˈlet/

Examples from literature

  • Eugene had passed his examination, and promised them a visit to show them his epaulettes. 
  • He wore no orders, no golden epaulettes, no ostrich-plumes. 
  • Henry is a hero, and epaulettes are on his shoulders. 
  • Officers making visits don their uniforms, with epaulettes and side arms, and with all their decorations blazing on their breasts. 
  • Their attitude varied in accordance with the number of stars they had on their epaulette. 

(Definition of “epaulette” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)