Definition of godet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡəʊdeɪ//ɡəʊˈdɛt/


  • A triangular piece of material inserted in a dress, shirt, or glove to make it flared or for ornamentation.

    ‘a blue godet skirt’
    • ‘It is fitted to the waist and then has an almost petticoat effect with the six skirt godets of the same fabric.’
    • ‘The line seems to be centered around the circular: the godet garments are voluminous, yet cut so precisely as to allow them to be closed by a single button!’
    • ‘As you can see from the photos the suede skirt hangs softly almost in pleats, and the wool version shows the godet detail quite well.’
    • ‘Old-fashioned dressmaker details such as godets in skirts and slot seams look terrific.’
    • ‘Heavier fabrics like tweed and woolens can use godets, of course, but the skirt will not flow as much.’
    • ‘Nearly all the fullness in the skirt comes from those godets, each one an exact quarter circle.’
    • ‘The extra weight that the godets add to the hem will also make the skirt less apt to show wrinkles.’


Late 19th century: from French.