Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Word of the day: cockade

The word of the day is cockade:
  1. a rosette, knot of ribbon, etc., usually worn on the hat as part of a uniform, as a badge of office, or the like.

1709, from Fr. cocarde, fem. of cocard "foolishly proud, cocky," an allusive extension from coq (see cock (n1.)).


"In great numbers, the Oktoberfesters were streaming past, the women in cinched dirndls and wenchy blouses, the men in suède or leather breeches laced just below the knee, tight jackets studded with medals or badges, and jaunty little hats with feathers, rosettes, cockades."

 - Martin Amis, "Oktober", 7 December 2015 The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/07/oktober)

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