[ guhl-it ]
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  1. the esophagus.

  2. the throat or pharynx.

  1. a channel for water.

  2. a gully or ravine.

  3. a preparatory cut in an excavation.

  4. a concavity between two sawteeth, joining them at their bases.

verb (used with object)
  1. to form a concavity at the base of (a sawtooth).

Origin of gullet

1350–1400; Middle English golet<Old French goulet ≪ Latin gula throat; see -et

Words Nearby gullet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gullet in a sentence

  • The gullet widens almost at once into a long stomach, which in turn leads into a much coiled intestine.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for gullet


/ (ˈɡʌlɪt) /

  1. a less formal name for the oesophagus Related adjective: oesophageal

  2. the throat or pharynx

  1. mining quarrying a preliminary cut in excavating, wide enough to take the vehicle that removes the earth

Origin of gullet

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

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