Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small square shield, formerly worn on the shoulders of knights, being the prototype of the epaulet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small square shield, formerly worn on the shoulders of knights, -- being the prototype of the modern epaulet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plate of iron worn over the mail to protect the shoulders of a man-at-arms, before the introduction of plate-armor for the body. Ailettes were sometimes charged with heraldic bearings. Also aislette and aileron.

Etymologies

French ailette, diminutive of aile wing, Latin ala. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Squires were running hither and thither, or aiding their masters to don armor, lacing helm to hauberk, tying the points of ailette, coude, and rondel; buckling cuisse and jambe to thigh and leg.

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