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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)
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.