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gorget

[gawr-jit]
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noun
  1. a patch on the throat of a bird or other animal, distinguished by its color, texture, etc.
  2. a piece of armor for the throat.
  3. a crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  4. a wimple of the Middle Ages, worn with the ends fastened in the hair.
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Origin of gorget

1425–75; late Middle English < Old French. See gorge1, -et
Related formsgor·get·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gorget

Historical Examples

  • One half expects to see him fashioning a gorget or a sword on his anvil.

    Children of the Tenements

    Jacob A. Riis

  • His helmet had been loosened from his gorget and was held before him on his horse's neck.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Next came the gorget, as it was called, which was a sort of collar to cover the neck.

    Richard III

    Jacob Abbott

  • The gorget presented in Fig. 1 of this plate is copied from Schoolcraft.

  • This gorget belongs, in its general character as an ornament, to the North.


British Dictionary definitions for gorget

gorget

noun
  1. a collar-like piece of armour worn to protect the throat
  2. a part of a wimple worn by women to cover the throat and chest, esp in the 14th century
  3. a band of distinctive colour on the throat of an animal, esp a bird
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Derived Formsgorgeted, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from gorge; see gorge
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Word Origin and History for gorget

n.

"armor for the throat," late 15c., from Old French gorgete, diminutive of gorge "throat" (see gorge (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gorget in Medicine

gorget

(gôrjĭt)
n.
  1. A surgical director or guide with a wide groove for use in lithotomy.
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