A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette.
Other Word Forms of Egret
Origin of Egret
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman egret, Old French aigrette (“egret”), from Old Provençal aigreta, diminutive of aigron (“heron”), from Frankish *haigro (“heron”). Cognate with Old High German heigaro (“heron”), Old English hrāgra (“heron”). More at heron.
Middle English from Old French aigrette from Old Provençal aigreta from aigron heron of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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