[zha-boh, ja- or, esp. British, zhab-oh, jab-oh]


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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for jabot



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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