- a piece of armor to protect the throat
- a collar
- an article of clothing covering the neck and breast, formerly worn by women; wimple
- a patch of color, often iridescent, on the throat of a bird, as on a male hummingbird
Origin of gorgetMiddle English from Old French gorgete from gorgiere: see gorgeous
- A piece of armor protecting the throat.
- An ornamental collar.
- The scarflike part of a wimple covering the neck and shoulders.
- A band or patch of distinctive color on the throat of an animal, especially an area of brightly colored feathers on the throat of a bird.
Origin of gorgetMiddle English from Old French gorgete diminutive of gorge throat ; see gorge .
male Anna's hummingbird, Calypte anna, with iridescent rose-colored gorget
- (historical) A piece of armour for the throat.
- (historical) A type of women's clothing covering the neck and breast; a wimple.
- An ornament for the neck; a necklace, ornamental collar, torque etc.
- (surgery) A cutting instrument used in lithotomy.
- A grooved instrunent used in performing various operations; called also blunt gorget.
- (zoology) A crescent-shaped coloured patch on the neck of a bird or mammal.
From Old French gorgete, from gorge (“throat”).