from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ornament, such as a rosette or knot of ribbon, usually worn on the hat as a badge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rosette worn in a hat as an office or party badge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A badge, usually in the form of a rosette, or knot, and generally worn upon the hat; -- used as an indication of military or naval service, or party allegiance, and in England as a part of the livery to indicate that the wearer is the servant of a military or naval officer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A clasp, button, or other fastening used to secure and hold up the cock of the hat; hence, any knot or rosette of ribbon, leather, worsted, or other material, worn on the hat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ornament (such as a knot of ribbon or a rosette) usually worn on the hat
Alteration of obsolete cockard, from French cocarde, from Old French coquarde, feminine of coquard, vain, cocky, from coc, cock, from Latin coccus; see cock1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)