Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.


1. A piece of armor protecting the throat.
2. An ornamental collar.
3. The scarflike part of a wimple covering the neck and shoulders.
4. A band or patch of distinctive color on the throat of an animal, especially an area of brightly colored feathers on the throat of a bird.

[Middle English, from Old French gorgete, diminutive of gorge, throat; see gorge.]


1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a collar-like piece of armour worn to protect the throat
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a part of a wimple worn by women to cover the throat and chest, esp in the 14th century
3. (Zoology) a band of distinctive colour on the throat of an animal, esp a bird
[C15: from Old French, from gorge; see gorge]
ˈgorgeted adj


(ˈgɔr dʒɪt)

1. a patch on the throat of a bird or other animal, distinguished by its color, texture, etc.
2. a piece of armor for the throat.
3. a medieval wimple, worn with the ends fastened in the hair.
4. any of various trimmings for the neck or shoulders, as a collar or ruff, formerly worn by men and women.
[1425–75; < Old French. See gorge, -et]
gor′get•ed, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gorget - armor plate that protects the neckgorget - armor plate that protects the neck  
armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour - specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
References in classic literature ?
They had taken off his breastplate and backpiece, but they neither knew nor saw how to open his gorget or remove his make-shift helmet, for he had fastened it with green ribbons, which, as there was no untying the knots, required to be cut.
There was a steel head-piece, a cuirass, a gorget and greaves, with a pair of gauntlets and a sword hanging beneath; all, and especially the helmet and breastplate, so highly burnished as to glow with white radiance, and scatter an illumination everywhere about upon the floor.
Planchet," added Grimaud; "Planchet, with a gorget, indeed
Then fearing that it might be stolen from him by some vandals of the road he had One Eye Kanty rivet it at each side of the gorget so that it could not be removed by other than a smithy, and thus, strapped face to tail upon a donkey, he sent the great Bishop of Norwich rattling down the dusty road with his head, at least, protected from the idle gaze of whomsoever he might chance to meet.
This gorget gaped so conveniently, and allowed him to see so many exquisite things and to divine so many more, that Phoebus, dazzled by this skin with its gleams of satin, said to himself, "How can any one love anything but a fair skin?
On this singular gorget was engraved, in Saxon characters, an inscription of the following purport: ``Gurth, the son of Beowulph, is the born thrall of Cedric of Rotherwood.
At this door, in the embrasure of which he was leaning, he saw, standing out strongly, a figure with a brown and lofty countenance, an aquiline nose, a stern but brilliant eye, gray and long hair, a black mustache, the true type of military beauty, whose gorget, more sparkling than a mirror, broke all the reflected lights which concentrated upon it, and sent them back as lightning.
There was the honest cockrobin, the favorite game of stripling sportsmen, with its loud querulous note; and the twittering blackbirds flying in sable clouds, and the golden- winged woodpecker with his crimson crest, his broad black gorget, and splendid plumage; and the cedar-bird, with its red tipt wings and yellow-tipt tail and its little monteiro cap of feathers; and the blue jay, that noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes, screaming and chattering, nodding and bobbing and bowing, and pretending to be on good terms with every songster of the grove.
Rich plumes nodded above his head; wampum, gorgets, bracelets, and medals, adorned his person in profusion; though his dull eye and vacant lineaments too strongly contradicted the idle tale of pride they would convey.
Timberlake, a captain, wears white gloves, a coat with fringe at the shoulders and, beneath his throat, a decorative silver plate called a gorget.
Mahajan has supplied costumes and ancient weaponry for many, including: London-based Royal Shakespeare Company's theatre show Morte of Arthur (aluminium chain mails), The Treasures of Lake Kaban (steel helmets, one million coins, swords, daggers, clothing and Tsar Russian helmets), TV show Merlin (steel braces, gorget, pauldron and leather boots), Runstone (all camping medieval items, chain mails, brooches, pans and tripod stands), TV show The Bastard Executioner (chain mails, leather scabbard and steel armours) and Assassin's Creed (medieval hat, helmet, leather boots and titanium chain mail, shirt and sleeves).
Their armour is expensive and burnished; the left hand figure wears distinctive neck armour - a gorget, exclusive to officers.