Ailette



either of two standing pieces of metal or cuir-bouilli, attached to the shoulders as an ornament or as a means of displaying the wearer’s arms: used c1275–c1350.
Historical Examples

It is clear, from the Cross on the shield having the same position as the other, that the ailette is not a square one worn awry.
Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe John Hewitt

South of the ailette River the French fought their way forward foot by foot.
The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII) Various

The Clehongre figure is especially curious as shewing the ailette fastened by its “laqueus,” which appears on the outside.
Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe John Hewitt

Assemblages of German troops north of ailette were dispersed with heavy losses by the concentrated fire from French batteries.
The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII) Various

The enemy had already moved their artillery across the ailette to a ridge north of the river.
America’s War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell

Since then they had clung desperately to this ridge, which dominates the valley of the Aisne and the ailette Valley.
The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII) Various

The use of the ailette has somewhat perplexed antiquarian writers.
Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe John Hewitt

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