from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shoulder ornament, especially a fringed strap worn on military uniforms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A decoration or flourish worn on the shoulders, as on a uniform.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shoulder ornament or badge worn by military and naval officers, differences of rank being marked by some peculiar form or device, as a star, eagle, etc.; a shoulder knot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shoulder-piece; an ornamental badge worn on the shoulder; specifically, a strap proceeding from the collar, and terminating on the shoulder in a disk, from which depends a fringe of cord, usually in bullion, but sometimes in worsted or other material, according to the rank of the wearer, etc.
- n. The shoulder-piece in the armor of the fourteenth century, especially when small and fitting closely to the person, as compared with the large pauldron of later days.
- n. The shoulder-covering of splints forming part of the light and close-fitting armor of the sixteenth century.
- n. In dressmaking, an ornament for the shoulder, its form changing with the different fashions.
- n. In entomology, the tegula or plate covering the base of the anterior wing in hymenopterous insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
You can go with a standard, french or covered placket and contrast with some color or add in some shoulder elements (military/epaulet, double strip, fabric contrast) and play with some pocket options (single notch, double flap, fabric contrast).
There is unit number on the epaulet but I can't make it out.
The buff linings of the turned-back cuffs extended a good six inches up the sleeve, and a small coil of gold braid gleamed from one epaulet.
At every appearance, her new baby was hanging on her shoulder like it was an epaulet.
But now it turns out that on the other epaulet was perched the principled figure of Taylor Branch, not at all claiming to be a harp-strummer himself but insistently reminding his old friend that there were better angels in politics and humanity whose claims should not be scorned.
Fresh from wardrobe, Ralph ridiculously sports a blue and gold epaulet costume and long leather whip.
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
As soon as he found it, health, strength, spirits, energy, returned to him, and with the tap of the epaulet on his shoulder he sprang up an altered being.
The father would bring him sweetmeats from the dessert and hide them in a certain old epaulet box, where the child went to seek them, and laughed with joy on discovering the treasure; laughed, but not too loud: for mamma was below asleep and must not be disturbed.
The other, a gray-haired female wearing a captain's epaulet on her uniform, had no mouth, nor was the rest of her face a pretty sight.