[ jib-lits ]
/ ˈdʒɪb lɪts /

plural noun

the heart, liver, gizzard, and the like, of a fowl, often cooked separately.

Nearby words

  1. gibbus,
  2. gibe,
  3. gibeon,
  4. gibeonite,
  5. giblet,
  6. gibli,
  7. gibraltar,
  8. gibraltar board,
  9. gibraltar, strait of,
  10. gibraltarian

Origin of giblets

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French gibelet a stew of game; compare French gibelotte rabbit stew Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for giblets


/ (ˈdʒɪblɪts) /

pl n

(sometimes singular) the gizzard, liver, heart, and neck of a fowl

Word Origin for giblets

C14: from Old French gibelet stew of game birds, probably from gibier game, of Germanic origin

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Word Origin and History for giblets



mid-15c. (in singular, gybelet), from Old French gibelet "game stew," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Frankish *gabaiti "hunting with falcons," related to Old High German beizan "to fly a falcon," literally "to cause to bite," from bizzan "to bite."

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