ˈjiblə̇t also ÷ ˈgi-,
usually -ə̇t + V
variants or less commonly jiblet
plural -s
: an edible visceral organ of a fowl
usually used in plural
giblets plural, archaic : odds and ends : trifles
the great ladies with their grace, lace, and gibletsPeter Hawker

Word History


Middle English gibelet entrails, garbage, from Middle French, stew of wildfowl, from Old French (Picardy dialect), probably irregular diminutive of gibier, gebier flesh of birds, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German gebeize hunt using falcons, from beizen to hunt birds with falcons, from Old High German beizzen, causative of bīzan to bite

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of giblet was in the 15th century

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“Giblet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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