1. Originally, a kind of ruffle worn by men on the bosom of the shirt.2. An arrangement of lace or tulle, looped ornamentally, and worn by women on the front of the dress.
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Borrowing from French jabot.
jabot (uncountable) A cascading or ornamental frill down the front of a blouse, shirt, etc. 1944, Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake, Penguin 2011, p. 136: She was wearing tan today, with a ruffled jabot at her throat. 1963, Anthony Burgess, Inside Mr Enderby: She was a dream of winter bourgeois elegance: little black town suit with tiny white jabot of lace-froth; pencil skirt; three-quarter-length coat with lynx collar; long green gloves of suède; suède shoes of dull green; two shades of green in her leafy velvet hat: slim, clean, lithe-looking, delicately painted.
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