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[jig-uh t, zhee-goh] /ˈdʒɪg ət, ʒiˈgoʊ/
a leg-of-mutton sleeve.
a leg of lamb or mutton.
Origin of gigot
1520-30; < Middle French, apparently diminutive of gigue fiddle (< Germanic; compare Old High German gîga kind of fiddle (German Geige), gig1), so called in allusion to its shape Unabridged
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  • The worst fault seems to be monotony, always chicken, gigot, or veal.

    Normandy G. E. Mitton
  • Well, it is simply a leg of mutton, and comes from the French word "gigot."

    Our Little Scotch Cousin

    Blanche McManus
  • "The good God has protected us," said gigot, coming forward to his master.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
  • Give the man something to eat and send him back, gigot, to meet his master.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
  • You boil all the water out of de pot before you put the gigot into it.

    The Claverings

    Anthony Trollope
  • If you think your mutton will not be tender enough to do honour to the spit, dress it as a “gigot de sept heures.”

  • gigot, with unshaken solemnity, set open the doors for the second time that morning.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
  • And to be sure, in a few minutes, gigot came in with a letter, Angelot's marching orders.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
  • She was a pretty woman, gigot's wife, with a pale complexion and black hair; her provincial cap was very becoming.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
British Dictionary definitions for gigot


/ˈʒiːɡəʊ; ˈdʒɪɡət/
a leg of lamb or mutton
a leg-of-mutton sleeve
Word Origin
C16: from Old French: leg, a small fiddle, from gigue a fiddle, of Germanic origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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