1: a piece of armor protecting the throat
2a: an ornamental collarb: a part of a wimple covering the throat and shouldersc: a specially colored patch on the throat; especially: a bright patch of feathers on the throat of a bird and especially a hummingbird
Red Eve H. Rider Haggard
Next came the gorget, as it was called, which was a sort of collar to cover the neck.
Richard III Jacob Abbott
This gorget belongs, in its general character as an ornament, to the North.
Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans William H. Holmes
Did You Know?
A gorget /ˈɡɔrdʒɨt/, from the French gorge meaning throat, was originally a band of linen wrapped around a woman’s neck and head in the medieval period, or the lower part of a simple chaperon hood. The term subsequently described a steel or leather collar designed to protect the throat, a set of pieces of plate armour, or a single piece of plate armour hanging from the neck and covering the throat and chest. Later, particularly from the 18th century onwards, the gorget became primarily ornamental, serving only as a symbolic accessory on military uniforms, a use which has survived to the modern day in some armies.
The term may also be used of other things such as items of jewellery worn around the throat region in a number of other cultures, for example wide thin gold collars found in Ireland from the Bronze Age.