[ guhl-it ]
/ ˈgʌl ɪt /


verb (used with object)

to form a concavity at the base of (a sawtooth).


Nearby words

  1. gulgul,
  2. gull,
  3. gull wing,
  4. gull-wing,
  5. gullah,
  6. gulley,
  7. gullibility,
  8. gullible,
  9. gulliver,
  10. gulliver's travels

Origin of gullet

1350–1400; Middle English golet < Old French gouletLatin gula throat; see -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gullet


/ (ˈɡʌlɪt) /


a less formal name for the oesophagus Related adjective: oesophageal
the throat or pharynx
mining quarrying a preliminary cut in excavating, wide enough to take the vehicle that removes the earth

Word Origin for gullet

C14: from Old French goulet, diminutive of goule throat, from Latin gula throat

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Word Origin and History for gullet



c.1300 (as a surname), from Old French golet "neck (of a bottle); gutter; bay, creek," diminutive of gole "throat, neck" (Modern French guele), from Latin gula "throat," also "appetite," from PIE root *gwele- "swallow" (cf. Latin gluttire "to gulp down, devour," Old English ceole "throat," Old Church Slavonic glutu "gullet," Old Irish gelim "I devour").

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Medicine definitions for gullet


[ gŭlĭt ]


The esophagus.
The throat.

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