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gorget

[gawr-jit] /ˈgɔr dʒɪt/
noun
1.
a patch on the throat of a bird or other animal, distinguished by its color, texture, etc.
2.
a piece of armor for the throat.
3.
a crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
4.
a wimple of the Middle Ages, worn with the ends fastened in the hair.
Origin of gorget
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Old French. See gorge1, -et
Related forms
gorgeted, adjective
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  • Hugh leapt on to him, striving to thrust his sword up beneath his gorget and make an end of him.

    Red Eve H. Rider Haggard
  • Next came the gorget, as it was called, which was a sort of collar to cover the neck.

    Richard III Jacob Abbott
  • This gorget belongs, in its general character as an ornament, to the North.

  • The gorget presented in Fig. 1 of this plate is copied from Schoolcraft.

  • It had a pivoted or hinged vizor and nosepiece, and complete chin, neck and cheek protection, closely connected with the gorget.

  • This was the gorget or whisk, which was used both plain and laced.

    Chats on Costume G. Woolliscroft Rhead
  • Her warm breath penetrated the crevices of his gorget and fanned the back of his neck.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • The gorget was worn either over or under the breast- and backplates.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes
  • Then her plum-blue eyes showed how truly blue they could become and she threw her arms around his gorget.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • The last survival of plate armour is to be found in the gorget.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes
British Dictionary definitions for gorget

gorget

/ˈɡɔːdʒɪt/
noun
1.
a collar-like piece of armour worn to protect the throat
2.
a part of a wimple worn by women to cover the throat and chest, esp in the 14th century
3.
a band of distinctive colour on the throat of an animal, esp a bird
Derived Forms
gorgeted, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from gorge; see gorge
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Word Origin and History for gorget
n.

"armor for the throat," late 15c., from Old French gorgete, diminutive of gorge "throat" (see gorge (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gorget in Medicine

gorget gor·get (gôr'jĭt)
n.
A surgical director or guide with a wide groove for use in lithotomy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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