from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A small square shield, formerly worn on the shoulders of knights, -- being the prototype of the modern epaulet.
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- noun A small
square shield, formerly worn on the shouldersof knights, being the prototypeof the epaulet.
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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.