E*paule"ment(?), n. [F. paulement.] (Fort.) A side work, made of gabions, fascines, or bags, filled with earth, or of earth heaped up, to afford cover from the flanking fire of an enemy.
Ep"au*lette`} (?), n. [F. paulette, dim. of paule shoulder, fr. L. spatula a broad piece (LL., shoulder), dim. of spatha abroad, flat instrument, fr. Gr. , also, a broad rib, shoulder blade. See Spade the instrument, and cf. Epaule, Spatula.] (Mil.) 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.
In the United States service the epaulet is reserved for full dress uniform. Its use was abolished in the British army in 1855.
Ep"au*let`ted, } a. Wearing epaulets; decorated with epaulets.
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