[ gawr-jit ]

  1. a patch on the throat of a bird or other animal, distinguished by its color, texture, etc.

  2. a piece of armor for the throat.

  1. a crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  2. a wimple of the Middle Ages, worn with the ends fastened in the hair.

Origin of gorget

1425–75; late Middle English <Old French. See gorge1, -et

Other words from gorget

  • gor·get·ed, adjective

Words Nearby gorget

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How to use gorget in a sentence

  • There seems to be no sufficient reason for explaining it by 'necklace' or 'gorget,' as if it were a separable article of attire.

  • Thrice—De Valmont's guard shivered as a rush—through shield, hauberk, gorget cleft the Vikings' blade.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • The gorget (Fig. 30) is made in two halves, each composed of a single plate or, sometimes, of two or three horizontal lames.

    Armour &amp; Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
  • In this illustration appears also the gorget of plate that was worn over the throat and chin with the bascinet.

    Armour &amp; Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
  • In these brasses we find that the camail has become the Standard of Mail, or collarette, worn under the gorget of plate.

    Armour &amp; Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes

British Dictionary definitions for gorget


/ (ˈɡɔːdʒɪt) /

  1. a collar-like piece of armour worn to protect the throat

  2. a part of a wimple worn by women to cover the throat and chest, esp in the 14th century

  1. a band of distinctive colour on the throat of an animal, esp a bird

Origin of gorget

C15: from Old French, from gorge; see gorge

Derived forms of gorget

  • gorgeted, adjective

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