[ zha-boh, ja- or, esp. British, zhab-oh, jab-oh ]
/ ʒæˈboʊ, dʒæ- or, esp. British, ˈʒæb oʊ, ˈdʒæb oʊ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. jabir,
  2. jabir ibn hayyan,
  3. jabiru,
  4. jaboatão,
  5. jaborandi,
  6. jaboticaba,
  7. jabotinsky,
  8. jabotinsky, vladimir,
  9. jaboulay's method,
  10. jabroni

Origin of jabot

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jabot


/ (ˈʒæbəʊ) /


a frill or ruffle on the breast or throat of a garment, originally to hide the closure of a shirt

Word Origin for jabot

C19: from French: bird's crop, jabot; compare Old French gave throat

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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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