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