from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A badge or insignia consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve of a military or police uniform to indicate rank, merit, or length of service.
- n. Heraldry A device shaped like an inverted V.
- n. A V-shaped pattern, especially a kind of fret used in architecture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A V-shaped pattern; used in architecture, and as an insignia of military or police rank, on the sleeve
- n. A wide inverted V placed on a shield.
- n. One of the V-shaped markings on the surface of roads used to indicate minimum distances between vehicles.
- n. A guillemet, either of the punctuation marks “«” or “»”, used in several languages to indicate passages of speech. Similar to typical quotation marks used in the English language such as ““” and “””.
- n. A háček, a diacritical mark that may resemble an inverted circumflex.
- v. To form or be formed into chevrons
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the nine honorable ordinaries, consisting of two broad bands of the width of the bar, issuing, respectively from the dexter and sinister bases of the field and conjoined at its center.
- n. A distinguishing mark, above the elbow, on the sleeve of a non-commissioned officer's coat.
- n. A zigzag molding, or group of moldings, common in Norman architecture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In heraldry, one of the honorable ordinaries.
- n. A variety of fret ornament common in Norman and other Romanesque architecture.
- n. Milit., a badge consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the coat-sleeves of non-commissioned officers, above the elbow.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a chevron-bone (which see).
- n. plural In carpentry, a pair of rafters set up and meeting at the ridge; or two rafters held together at the foot by a tie of some kind and therefore ready to put into place as a truss.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service
- n. an inverted V-shaped charge
Middle English cheveron, from Old French chevron, rafter (from the meeting of rafters at an angle), probably from Vulgar Latin *capriō, *capriōn-, from Latin caper, capr-, goat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chevron ("rafter, chevron"), the mark so called because it looks like rafters of a shallow roof, from Vulgar Latin *capriō, from Latin caper ("goat"), the likely connection between goats and rafters being the animal's angular hind legs. (Wiktionary)