Definition of giblets in US English:


plural noun

  • The liver, heart, gizzard, and neck of a chicken or other fowl, usually removed before the bird is cooked, and often used to make gravy, stuffing, or soup.

    • ‘Remove the giblets from the duck, rinse the bird inside and out and pat it dry.’
    • ‘Add giblets and stir until they have lost their pinkness, about two minutes.’
    • ‘Put the remaining giblets into a saucepan with a thyme sprig, bay, sage, star anise, half the onion and 1 clove garlic.’
    • ‘Your game dealer will do all the necessary plucking and drawing, but it's worthwhile asking for the giblets for stock.’
    • ‘Wipe the goose dry, remove the giblets and pop the lemon and herbs inside.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘an inessential appendage’, later ‘garbage, offal’): from Old French gibelet ‘game bird stew’, probably from gibier ‘birds or mammals hunted for sport’.