From Middle English gorgeouse, a borrowing from Middle French gorgias, from Old French gourgias, gorgias, of uncertain origin, but apparently connected with Old French gorgias ("a gorget, ruffle for the neck"), from Old French gorge. See gorge. Semantic evolution probably akin to "swelling of the throat or bosom due to pride, bridling up" to "assume an air of importance, flaunting".
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