ailette definition

  • noun:
    • A small square shield, previously worn regarding shoulders of knights, being the model of epaulet.
    • a little square guard, formerly used on arms of knights, -- being the model of the contemporary epaulet.
    • A plate of metal used over the post to protect the arms of a man-at-arms, prior to the introduction of plate-armor for the human body. Ailettes were occasionally charged with heraldic bearings. Additionally aislette and aileron.
    • a little square shield, previously worn on the shoulders of knights, being the prototype of epaulet.
    • A small square guard, previously worn regarding the shoulders of knights, -- becoming the model of modern epaulet.
    • A plate of iron used over the mail to guard the shoulders of a man-at-arms, before the introduction of plate-armor the human anatomy. Ailettes were sometimes charged with heraldic bearings. In addition aislette and aileron.

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