gor·​get ˈgȯr-jət How to pronounce gorget (audio)
: a piece of armor protecting the throat see armor illustration
: an ornamental collar
: a part of a wimple covering the throat and shoulders
: a specially colored patch on the throat
especially : a bright patch of feathers on the throat of a bird and especially a hummingbird

Examples of gorget in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lithotomy set To remove a kidney stone, a physician would insert a slender lithotomy forceps, sometimes with a gorget, through the urethra to crush the stone, then use a scoop to extract the debris. Will McCarthy, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 June 2023 The feathers on the gorget are iridescent, and their color changes depending on how the sunlight is hitting them. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 The feathers will light up when the sun hits the gorget the right way. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 Shell cups, throat coverings called gorgets, and beads in a variety of shapes were worn as jewelry or sewn onto clothing. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 5 Nov. 2019 The Royaume choker takes its cue from a gorget, a metal neckpiece designed to protect the throat; its centerpiece is a 19.31-carat Royal Blue sapphire surrounded by more than 1,600 diamonds and sapphires set in 18-karat white gold. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 July 2019 The males are copper-orange, and in sunshine their gorgets glow brilliant orange-red. Ciscoe Morris, The Seattle Times, 21 June 2017 For Assassin’s Creed and Merlin, the company created riveted aluminum chain mail tunics, steel gorgets to protect the throat, medieval helmets and titanium armor. Jason Overdorf, USA TODAY, 20 May 2017

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French, from gorge

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Gorget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorget. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


gor·​get ˈgȯr-jət How to pronounce gorget (audio)
: a grooved instrument used especially formerly to guide the direction of surgical incision in lithotomy

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