gorget [gawr-jit] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a patch on the throat of a bird or other animal, distinguished by its color, texture, etc.
- a piece of armor for the throat.
- a crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- a wimple of the Middle Ages, worn with the ends fastened in the hair.
Origin of gorget 1425–75; late Middle English Old French. See, Related formsgor·get·ed, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for gorget Historical Examples of gorget
One half expects to see him fashioning a gorget or a sword on his anvil.
Jacob A. Riis
His helmet had been loosened from his gorget and was held before him on his horse’s neck.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Next came the gorget, as it was called, which was a sort of collar to cover the neck.
The gorget presented in Fig. 1 of this plate is copied from Schoolcraft.
William H. Holmes
This gorget belongs, in its general character as an ornament, to the North.
William H. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for gorget gorget noun
- a collar-like piece of armour worn to protect the throat
- a part of a wimple worn by women to cover the throat and chest, esp in the 14th century
- a band of distinctive colour on the throat of an animal, esp a bird
Derived Formsgorgeted, adjectiveWord Origin for gorget C15: from Old French, from gorge; see gorge Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for gorget n.
“armor for the throat,” late 15c., from Old French gorgete, diminutive of gorge “throat” (see(n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper gorget in Medicine gorget [gôr′jĭt] n.
- A surgical director or guide with a wide groove for use in lithotomy.
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