Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ornamental cord worn on the shoulder of a military uniform.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of aiglet. (A metal tip, on a ribbon or cord that facilitated lacing two parts of a garment together.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A point or tag at the end of a fringe or lace; an aglet.
  • n. One of the ornamental tags, cords, or loops on some military and naval uniforms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as aglet, 1.
  • n. In cookery, a name given to a number of hors d'æuvre, or side-dishes, from their being served on small ornamental skewers or needles (aiguilles).

Etymologies

French; see aglet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Cadets served in the ranks and wore the same uniform as the men; they were distinguished only by an aiguillette of blue and white silk with brass tips.

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  • Everything in sight was scree tumble, sloped gravel, blinding patches and streaks of snow, slick shining trickles of ice down gray- and brown-striped, crooked-layered limestone and mica schist, and above it all, the inward-leaning aiguillette peaks—barren stone needles like the newest, sharpest mountains on some moon.

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  • His bow to me must have been calculated on a slide rule; it suggested that I was about to be Supreme Minister but was not quite there yet, that I was his senior but nevertheless a civilian-then subtract five degrees for the fact that he wore the Emperor's aiguillette on his right shoulder.

    Double Star

  • He wore a white duck uniform adorned with gilt shoulder straps, an aiguillette, and a bar of service ribbons brilliantly plaided and striped.

    Sacrifice

  • Braxton, who succeeded as post commander, knew that in European armies and in the old Mexican War days the aiguillette was ordinarily the distinctive badge of general officers or those empowered to give orders in their name.

    Waring's Peril

  • Underneath them, spread over the square back of the chair, a dark-blue, single-breasted frock-coat, hanging nearly to the floor, its shoulders decked with huge epaulettes, to the right one of which were attached the braid and loops of a heavy gilt aiguillette whose glistening pendants were hung temporarily on the upper button.

    Waring's Peril

  • Unluckily for his peace of mind, the young subaltern dressed at his father's house, and, not being used to the splendid paraphernalia of the Blues 'uniform, he omitted to put on his aiguillette.

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  • When the hapless youth who lacked the aiguillette approached the presence, he heard a very high voice exclaim, "Who is this d-- d fellow?"

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  • Happily, the horsemen had caught the glimpse of some bright ornament, clasp, or aiguillette, on Kate's dress.

    Narrative and Miscellaneous Papers — Volume 1

  • Otherwise, I don’t know why she’s wearing an aiguillette. swschrad says:

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