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epaulet (noun) small piece of cloth or metal decoration on shoulders.
A decoration, a badge of cloth or metal worn on the shoulders and forming part of a uniform, especially of military or police officials is an epaulet. The epaulet usually indicates the rank of the military or the police personnel wearing the uniform.
- The epaulet of the officer contrasted sharply with the brown uniform of his and added to smartness of his appearance.
- The major doctor’s epaulet had three shining brass and two strips of blue across with a strip of red in between.