Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A leg of mutton, lamb, or veal for cooking.
  • n. A leg-of-mutton sleeve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A leg of lamb or mutton when used for cooking

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leg of mutton.
  • n. A small piece of flesh; a slice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A leg of mutton.
  • A small piece of flesh; a small piece of anything. Also giggot, gigget.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lamb leg suitable for roasting

Etymologies

French, from Old French, diminutive of gigue, fiddle, from Middle High German gīge, from Old High German gīga.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The monkfish tail is a large piece of meat, lending to its nickname in Scotland as "gigot," as in a leg of lamb.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • "The gigot is the handsomest and most valuable part of the carcass, and on that account fetches the highest price.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 330, April 1843

  • The menu, which changes at the turn of each season, focuses on the culinary - and mostly carnivorous - treasures of Gascony, a former province in the southwest of France: this is your chance to enjoy Quercy lamb (the name of the restaurant, roughly pronouced as jee-go, is a play on the word gigot, meaning leg of lamb, Bigorre black pork, or Gers poultry in generous, well-executed dishes ...

    In Paris, Mastering the Art of

  • The tartine de gigot d'agneu is prepared with a leg of lamb, herbed goat cheese, arugula, tapenade and rosemary jus.

    French Flavors in Tribeca

  • The cassoulet was perhaps a trifle salty tonight, and the gigot à la cuillère…

    The Mistaken Wife

  • I'd leave the gigot farci en croute for another time, and stick to dishes you can easily figure out.

    Chris Hall: Valentine's Cooking 101: How to Seal the Deal

  • There are useful tips on food preparation peppered throughout the book and strange ones, like illustrated hints on preparing a gigot - leg of lamb - which I know is because this cut is a fave in traditional French cookery, but what about the rest?

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • After, the boyfriend had the gigot, which was excellent.

    Le J'Go

  • So tender and juicy, the gigot really outshone my sad dry roasted lamb in comparison.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • She wore a fashionable high-necked cream blouse of contemporary cut with gigot sleeves, matched with a skirt, flat-panelled at the front and nipped tight at the waist, with a gathering of material at the back.

    Sepulchre

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  • Giggety.

    April 19, 2011

  • A leg of mutton, or a leg-of-mutton sleeve. I had no idea there was a single word for either of these. Thanks sionnach!

    Etym. acc. to American Heritage Dictionary: French, from Old French, diminutive of gigue, fiddle, from Middle High German gīge, from Old High German gīga.

    October 28, 2007