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[zha-boh, ja- or, esp. British, zhab-oh, jab-oh]
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  1. a decorative ruffle or other arrangement of lace or cloth attached at the neckline and extending down the front of a woman's blouse or dress or, formerly, of a man's shirt.
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Origin of jabot

1815–25; < French: literally, bird's crop, probably < Provençal (N dialects); see gavotte
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Related Words for jabot

choker, torque, frill, fraise, jabot, fichu, ruff, dicky, neckband, Vandyke, Eton, bertha

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Historical Examples of jabot

  • They came from Peru, and danced the mazurka in green jackets with a jabot.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • And then indoors: "Do you think you will like this lace made up as a jabot, Elinor?"

    The Marriage of Elinor

    Margaret Oliphant

  • Emma McChesney straightened her collar and jabot with a jerk, and sat up.

  • It's an awful price to pay for a hat, and a jabot, and a book and a theater ticket, Fan.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

  • They came from Peru, and danced the mazurka in green jackets with a jabot!

British Dictionary definitions for jabot


  1. a frill or ruffle on the breast or throat of a garment, originally to hide the closure of a shirt
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Word Origin for jabot

C19: from French: bird's crop, jabot; compare Old French gave throat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jabot


frill of a shirt, 1823, from French jabot "grizzard (of a bird), frill on a shirt front" (16c.), of unknown origin. Klein suggests a connection with gaver "to cram, gorge," and thus ultimately with English jaw.

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