A gorget is a special piece of armor that protects a soldier's neck. Medieval suits of armor commonly included a circular gorget that fit under the metal breastplate.

If you've ever seen pictures of suits of armor worn by knights, you've probably seen a gorget. Through different eras, it changed from a leather collar to a steel plate, or a series of interconnected plates, all intended to protect the neck and throat during battle. The original gorget was simply a Medieval woman's linen neck scarf. The root of gorget is the Old French word gorge, which means "throat."

Definitions of gorget
  1. noun
    armor plate that protects the neck
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    type of:
    armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour
    specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
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