- a waist- or hip-length garment, usually sleeveless, fastening up the front; sometimes made from a quilted fabric, and designed to be worn over a blouse, shirt, etc
- a bodice resembling a waistcoat in a woman's dress
- such a bodice as part of a ballet dancer's costume
C19: French, literally: waistcoat
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Examples from the Web for gilet
Gilet, whose policy it was to avoid all collision with Philippe, did not appear.
Gilet thought it politic to be seen sauntering about the town.
"I have not the slightest desire to kill Gilet," answered Philippe.
He was therefore as polite to Captain Gilet as he knew how to be.
The Spaniard, who had no enemies, at once attributed this revenge to Gilet.