epaulet means: Epaulet (sometimes spelled Epaulettes) were ornamental shoulder decorations used to show military rank. Since then, they have been made fashionable. The epaulet, which is derived from French “little shoulder”, was used to show valour. It can be found on everything, including ancient Rome’s shoulder pteruges and ribbons that were worn on military jackets. These can be made from cloth or metal, and are usually trimmed with bullion fringe. (in Fashion Dictionary)

What else does epaulet mean?

An ornament for the shoulder, particularly a strap with fringed detail worn over military uniforms. (in Merlin Dictionary)