or re·ba·to

[ruh-bah-toh, -bey-]
noun, plural ra·ba·tos.
  1. a wide, stiff collar of the 17th century, worn flat over the shoulders or open in front and standing at the back.
  2. a stiff frame of wire or wood worn in the 17th century as a support for a ruff or stand-up collar.

Origin of rabato

1585–95; < French (obsolete) rabateau; cf. rabat1
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British Dictionary definitions for rabato



noun plural -tos
  1. a wired or starched collar, often of intricate lace, that stood up at the back and sides: worn in the 17th century

Word Origin for rabato

C16: from French rabat collar, with the ending -o added as if the word were from Italian
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