aiglet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aiglet ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
    • n aiglet metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aiglet (Haberdashery) A round white staylace.
    • Aiglet A tag of a lace or of the points, braids, or cords formerly used in dress. They were sometimes formed into small images. Hence, “aglet baby” (Shak.), an aglet image.
    • n Aiglet Same as Aglet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aiglet In heraldry, an eaglet or young eagle.
    • n aiglet See aglet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aiglet the tag or point of the lace or string by which different parts of dress were fastened together, orig. to facilitate passing through the eyelet-holes, afterwards themselves ornamental, like Shakespeare's aglet-baby, and still surviving in the so-called aiguillettes or tagged points of braid hanging from the shoulder in some military and naval uniforms: a technical name for white stay-laces.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aiguillette, point, tagged point, dim. of aiguilee, needle, fr. LL. acucula, for acicula, dim. of L. acus, needle, pin; cf. OF. agleter, to hook on. See Acute, and cf. Aiguillette
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. aiguillette, dim. of aiguille, a needle—from L. acucula = acicula, dim. of acus, a needle.

Usage

In literature:

Her girdle was embroidered with silver, and her sleeves were fastened by aiglets of the same metal.
"Windsor Castle" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The sleeves of the doublet were slit, so as to show the white lawn beneath, and adorned with aiglets and knots of gold.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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In poetry:

The rain-drenched sunflowers bent and bleached,
Up which the frost-nipped gourd-vines reached
And morning-glories, seeded o'er
With ashen aiglets; whence beseeched
One last bloom, frozen to the core.
"Uncertainty" by Madison Julius Cawein