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Military uniform

battledress

noun

the ordinary uniform of a soldier that is different from the uniform that is worn for special ceremonies

bearskin

noun

a tall black fur hat that some British soldiers wear as part of their uniform for special ceremonies

body armour

noun

special clothes that soldiers and police officers wear to protect themselves against bullets in extremely dangerous situations

breastplate

noun

a piece of metal that soldiers wore in the past to protect their chests

camouflage

noun

the type of clothes or face paint that soldiers wear to make themselves more difficult to see

chevron

noun

a symbol in the shape of an upside-down ‘V’ that soldiers, police officers etc wear on their sleeve to show their rank

combat

noun

used about clothes worn in the armed forces, especially in a battle

dress uniform

noun

a uniform that members of the armed forces wear on formal occasions

ensign

noun

a small piece of metal that someone wears on a uniform to show their rank

epaulet

noun

a decoration worn on the shoulder of a shirt, jacket, or coat, especially by a soldier as part of a uniform

fatigues

noun

simple loose clothes worn by soldiers

flak jacket

noun

a heavy jacket with a metal layer inside that soldiers and police officers wear for protection against bullets

full dress

noun

a soldier’s formal uniform worn on special occasions

kit

noun

clothes and equipment used by a soldier

pip

noun

a small round or star-shaped mark on an officer’s uniform that shows their rank

sash

noun

a long narrow piece of cloth that you wear over one shoulder and across your chest as part of a uniform or as a mark of honour

star

noun

an object shaped like a star that some soldiers wear as a sign of their high rank

surcoat

noun

a coat with no sleeves that soldiers used to wear over metal armour

tunic

noun

a short jacket that is part of a uniform worn by police officers, soldiers etc

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