One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally (more fully "Dame Partlet") a name traditionally applied to: a hen. More generally: a hen; (in extended use) a woman.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. Origin uncertain; perhaps humorously from pert + -elot, diminutive suffix, to resemble a (fictitious) Middle French female forename.
An item of clothing worn over the neck and upper part of the chest, especially by women to cover a low décolletage. Also (occasionally): a bodice or chemisette.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament. Origin uncertain; perhaps alteration of patlet, or perhaps from Partlet, with reference to the feathers round the neck of some hens.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.