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Needs references. Inge 13:40, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

<<The word comes from the French word for "roof". >>

It is not:

  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary [[1]]:
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, rafter, chevron, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin caprion-, caprio rafter; akin to Latin caper goat.
  • [[2]]
Middle English cheveron, from Old French chevron, rafter (from the meeting of rafters at an angle), probably from Vulgar Latin *capri, *caprin-, from Latin caper, capr-, goat.

DIG 05:44, 14 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Da Vinci Code claims that chevron is a symbol of penis. Is that true? Kahkonen 16:29, 2005 Feb 6 (UTC)

Da Vinci Code claims a lot of things. And, like most of them, this is not true. Slicing 04:10, 11 August 2005 (UTC)

In norwegian architetural history chevron depicts the zigzag linear pattern ornament in roman vaults in norman-style churches.

Chinese does indeed use chevrons to denote titles and also quotations. Japanese does not use chevrons, but tiny brackets. For example: 「hello」 『hello』. So I'm taking Japanese off from the languages that use chevrons.

I think that constitutes original research. I'm not quite sure about the Japanese usage but in Chinese chevron and it's inverse version are only used for media titles and are only used in vertical scripts; quotation marks in Chinese for vertical scripts is a side way version of your Japanese brackets. However, in horizontal scripts regular inverse comma quotation marks are used for quotation while a side way chevron is used for media titles. Chevrox (talk) 19:00, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Suggested move to Chevron (pattern)[edit]

I would like to move the article to Chevron (pattern), as the word insignia has a military connotation - and the article deals with the military/heraldic insignia in just one of two sections. Comments? Do you agree? -- Ravn 12:09, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

The US Army insignia shown is for a PFC. That is rank E-3. (In the USMC, an E-2 is a PFC) You enter the Army as an E-1, and after 4 months you become an E-2 (and get a raise.) PFC takes about a year, but is optional; if you have bad performance you may not get it.
A triangle has three (3) sides. A chevron does not.
I think that your suggestion is a good one Ravn. I'd fully support such a move.--Eva bd 13:23, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


I've never heard of 'bar' being used to describe chevrons in Australia. I assume this is the case in the UK and NZ as well. I believe this is not a common usage in Commonwealth countries. Ozdaren 15:44, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

The "Chev" reference[edit]

I've always thought that the "Chev" part of the word "Chevron" or "Chevrolet" referred to an angle cut, as in the angled cut end of the horizontal bar in the Chevrolet logo, as well as a definition for the V shape. There must be some kind of correlation... mulgamutt 20:42, 1 August 2008

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"represented the goddess"? What goddess? Drutt (talk) 23:18, 16 March 2009 (UTC)


"Boeing calls some of its afterburner jets "variable-geometry chevrons"." That is wrong according to my information. A quick Google search will show that those VCGs are actually designed for commercial jetliners, of which no Boeing model has an afterburning turbofan. Unless someone objects, I will modify this -- unless I forget or can't be bothered. (talk) 11:55, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Concave triangles[edit]

Hi. I had the impression that the "chevron" symbol was something more like the the Pontiac symbol, which has four verticies, one reflex angle and four sides, similar to having one actute triangle cut out from the side of another acute angle, or two identical obtuse triangles connected along a line of identical length, serving as the line of symmetry between the two...there must be a name for that shape. Thanks. ~AH1 (discuss!) 21:55, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

Downward-pointing chevrons[edit]

"A chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern". Is there a name for a non-inverted v-shaped pattern, or would it just be an "inverted" or "downward-pointing chevron"? (talk) 13:27, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

I think the name for a non-inverted v-shaped pattern could be "v-shaped pattern." Given that chevrons can point either up or down, and do so even within the article itself, I can't see why the article suggests an exclusivity for one direction. I'll remove it.1canuckbuck (talk) 07:03, 12 November 2013 (UTC)