One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A leg of mutton or lamb.
- ‘Choose from such delights as char-grilled gigot of lamb with summer bean cassoulet or roast cod with buttered spinach and pancetta mash.’
- ‘The director had the braised gigot of lamb with white beans, fennel and grilled Mediterranean vegetables for €24.’
- ‘He was transfixed: the sommelier with the handlebar moustache, the lobster sauce poured into soufflés, the gigot of lamb carved tableside.’
- ‘For the French, a roast leg of lamb, the gigot pascal (pascal and the English paschal refer equally to the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter), is the traditional Easter Sunday lunch.’
- ‘Although we see chefs on television drizzling extra-virgin olive oil over everything from gigot of lamb to garlicky bruschetta, you can get away with using a less expensive oil for frying.’
French, diminutive of colloquial gigue ‘leg’, from giguer ‘to hop, jump’, of unknown origin.
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