Definition of gorget in English:



  • 1historical An article of clothing that covered the throat.

    • ‘The gorget appears to have been cut on the bias and was pulled up to cover the throat.’
    • ‘The Gorget, or Throat- piece, originated upon the Continent, and seems to have been of linen; it was three times wrapped round the neck.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of armour for the throat.
      • ‘Many military police forces have adopted distinctive items of dress: the German gorget (hence the nickname ‘chained dogs’), the American white helmet, the British red cap.’
      • ‘With his right hand, he lifted away his iron veil, his crown and mask and gorget, exposing his slender face.’
      • ‘The arrow took him through the throat, the armour piercing head passing through the gorget on the swordsman's throat with ease.’
      • ‘Similar in purpose to the gorget of medieval plate armor, the neckerchief served to deflect arrows, broadswords, and even great axes from slicing through the vulnerable neck of a cowboy.’
      • ‘Most of it was plate-mail with chain leggings and a chain gorget around her throat.’
      • ‘He fumbled with the cuirass for a moment before he managed to hook the attachment hooks together, securing the piece of armour around his body, onto which the gorget was tied to protect his neck.’
      • ‘The pikeman's head was protected by a high combed morion in the Spanish style, rather than the earlier sallet; he wore a breastplate with attached tassets over his thighs and - if an officer - a gorget to protect his throat.’
      • ‘But even as he was thinking that, her toe hooked behind his right ankle, she heaved, and he went down in the snow to find the tip of her sword pressed firmly against his gorget.’
      • ‘His primary output was Indian trade silver, including gorgets, beads, and buckles.’
      • ‘He staggered over to Cecil's form, and seized him up by the back of his gorget.’
      neckband, choker
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    2. 1.2 A wimple.
      • ‘Where the man has a hood the woman has, as a rule, a head-veil and wimple or gorget.’
      • ‘Behind them kneels a nun in linen gorget and black veil; her gown and mantle are of a dull warm slate colour, and she also wears a ring on the last finger.’
  • 2A patch of colour on the throat of a bird or other animal, especially a hummingbird.

    • ‘Amethyst-throated Hummingbird males vocalized mainly from exposed perches as they turned their heads, displaying their brilliant amethyst gorgets.’
    • ‘Through the telescope, the most noticeable feature was the yellow throat and forehead and broad yellow stripe extending over each eye, contrasting with black cheeks and gorget.’
    • ‘The female, scaly-brown in colouring, displays a much less conspicuous off-white gorget.’
    • ‘Some males also have elegant ornamentation such as bright throat gorgets, crests and elongated tail feathers.’
    • ‘Both males and females are predominantly black with a glittering, rosy throat patch, or gorget, and emerald wings.’
    • ‘A little bird about the size of a robin, which looked like a robin, and in fact was a robin, except that whereas our familiar friend has an orange-red breast, this small gentleman was equipped with a beautiful blue bib and gorget.’
    • ‘We define ‘adult’ as any bird that has completed its first annual wing molt and has therefore acquired definitive remiges (some first-year males may still be molting on the gorget and crown).’


Late Middle English (denoting a piece of armour protecting the throat): from Old French gorgete, from gorge ‘throat’ (see gorge).