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[zha-boh, ja- or, esp. British, zhab-oh, jab-oh] /ʒæˈboʊ, dʒæ- or, esp. British, ˈʒæb oʊ, ˈdʒæb oʊ/
a decorative ruffle or other arrangement of lace or cloth attached at the neckline and extending down the front of a woman's blouse or dress or, formerly, of a man's shirt.
Origin of jabot
1815-25; < French: literally, bird's crop, probably < Provençal (N dialects); see gavotte Unabridged
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  • They came from Peru, and danced the mazurka in green jackets with a jabot.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • And then indoors: "Do you think you will like this lace made up as a jabot, Elinor?"

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • Emma McChesney straightened her collar and jabot with a jerk, and sat up.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • It's an awful price to pay for a hat, and a jabot, and a book and a theater ticket, Fan.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • They came from Peru, and danced the mazurka in green jackets with a jabot!

  • The old Duke wore a jabot and ailes-de-pigeon, the old Countess a hoop, and a cushion on her head.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for jabot


a frill or ruffle on the breast or throat of a garment, originally to hide the closure of a shirt
Word Origin
C19: from French: bird's crop, jabot; compare Old French gave throat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jabot

frill of a shirt, 1823, from French jabot "grizzard (of a bird), frill on a shirt front" (16c.), of unknown origin. Klein suggests a connection with gaver "to cram, gorge," and thus ultimately with English jaw.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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