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gilet

noun
  1. 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
  2. a bodice resembling a waistcoat in a woman's dress
  3. such a bodice as part of a ballet dancer's costume
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Word Origin for gilet

C19: French, literally: waistcoat
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Historical Examples of gilet

  • Gilet, whose policy it was to avoid all collision with Philippe, did not appear.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac

  • Gilet thought it politic to be seen sauntering about the town.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac

  • "I have not the slightest desire to kill Gilet," answered Philippe.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac

  • He was therefore as polite to Captain Gilet as he knew how to be.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac

  • The Spaniard, who had no enemies, at once attributed this revenge to Gilet.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac