ep·au·let also ep·au·lette (ĕpə-lĕt′, ĕp′ə-lĕt)
A shoulder ornament, especially a fringed strap worn on military uniforms.
[French épaulette, diminutive of épaule, shoulder, from Old French espaule, from Late Latin spatula, shoulder blade; see ESPALIER.]
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portrait of Czar Nicholas I
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