AskDefine | Define chevron

Dictionary Definition



1 V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service; "they earned their stripes in Kuwait" [syn: stripe, stripes, grade insignia]
2 an inverted V-shaped charge

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a V-shaped pattern; used in architecture, and as an insignia of military or police rank, on the sleeve
  2. In heraldry, a wide inverted V placed on a shield.
  3. In the context of "mostly|UK": V-shaped markings on the surface of roads used to indicate minimum distances between vehicles


  1. to form or be formed into chevrons
    "...the sheet to be chevroned locks itself into the furrow."
    • 1983, Allen Sillitoe, The Lost Flying Boat, ISBN 0246122366, page 118:
    "Bull fixed the claw under a batten, strained like a sailor at the capstan, shirt off, arms chevroned by elaborate tattoos"
    • 2003, Felice Picano, A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay, ISBN 1560234407, page 55:
    "Earlier, in glaring winter daylight, I'd first noticed thin lines chevroning off the edge of each eye into the taut skin of his cheeks..."

Extensive Definition

Chevron may refer to:

See also

chevron in German: Chevron
chevron in Spanish: Chevron
chevron in French: Chevron
chevron in Italian: Chevron
chevron in Dutch: Chevron
chevron in Russian: Шеврон

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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