One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornamental frill or ruffle on the front of a shirt or blouse, typically made of lace.
ruffle, flounce, ruff, furbelow, peplum, flute, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringeView synonyms
- ‘A jabot, splashy or bold prints, round and low necklines, or long ties on a scarf make busts look larger.’
- ‘All the legal professionals wear severe, French-style white jabots Velcroed around their necks, and headsets for the interpretation jammed down over their hair.’
- ‘I purchased a silk blouse at Goodwill and cut about 7 inches off the bottom to create the jabot.’
- ‘Viola has converted to Christianity during her sojourn on the mainland and is a meticulous picture of virtue, dressed in indigo skirt, matching jacket with pagoda shoulders, and white blouse with a high lace collar and a jabot.’
- ‘The coat is short in the face, ears, front forelegs and on the hocks; medium on the body; and longer at the ruff, cape (full neck into the shoulders), jabot (chest and between front legs) and at the culottes (rear of thighs).’
Early 19th century (denoting a frill on a man's shirt): French, originally ‘crop of a bird’.
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