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[gawr-jit] /ˈgɔr dʒɪt/
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
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Old French. See gorge1, -et
Related forms
gorgeted, adjective Unabridged
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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.

  • 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.

  • It should perhaps be described as a burgonet with gorget and movable mentonires.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • The roped edge of the breastplate is placed over the gorget.

    Spanish Arms and Armour Albert F. Calvert
  • This was the gorget or whisk, which was used both plain and laced.

    Chats on Costume G. Woolliscroft Rhead
  • The gorget was worn either over or under the breast- and backplates.

    Armour & Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes
  • The last survival of plate armour is to be found in the gorget.

    Armour & Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes
British Dictionary definitions for gorget


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gorget in Medicine

gorget gor·get (gôr'jĭt)
A surgical director or guide with a wide groove for use in lithotomy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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