Definition of epaulette noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(especially British English) (usually North American English epaulet) noun
BrE BrE//ˈepəlet//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈepəlet//
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a decoration on the shoulder of a coat, jacket, etc., especially when part of a military uniform Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French épaulette, diminutive of épaule ‘shoulder’, from Latin spatula in the late Latin sense ‘shoulder blade’.