gorget
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈɡɔːdʒɪt/
Noun

gorget (plural gorgets)

  1. (historical) A piece of armour for the throat.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 2
      About his neck a threefold gorget, / As rough as trebled leathern target
    • 1805, Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel:
      Unfix the gorget's iron clasp.
    • 1968, Michael Moorcock, The Mad God's Amulet, Gollancz 2003, p. 209:
      Hawkmoon whipped his sword from the scabbard, leaped forward, and drove the blade into the throat of the warrior just below his gorget.
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 500:
      Renly lifted his chin to allow Brienne to fasten his gorget in place.
  2. (historical) A type of women's clothing covering the neck and breast; a wimple.
  3. An ornament for the neck; a necklace, ornamental collar, torque etc.
  4. (surgery) A cutting instrument used in lithotomy.
  5. A grooved instrument used in performing various operations; called also blunt gorget.
  6. (zoology) A crescent-shaped coloured patch on the neck of a bird or mammal.
  7. (UK, dialect, Cornwall) A hake caught in a net set for other fish.
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