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gauntlet

noun gaunt·let \ˈgȯnt-lət, ˈgänt-\

Definition of gauntlet

  1. 1 :  a glove worn with medieval armor to protect the hand

  2. 2 :  any of various protective gloves used especially in industry

  3. 3 :  an open challenge (as to combat) —used in phrases like throw down the gauntlet

  4. 4 :  a dress glove extending above the wrist

gaunt·let·ed play \-lə-təd\ adjective


Variants of gauntlet

also gant·let \ˈgȯnt-lət, ˈgänt-\

Origin of gauntlet

Middle English, from Middle French gantelet, diminutive of gant glove, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch want glove, Old Norse vǫttr


First Known Use: 15th century


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gauntlet

noun gaunt·let

Definition of gauntlet

  1. 1 a :  a double file of men facing each other and armed with clubs or other weapons with which to strike at an individual who is made to run between them —used with run b :  a line, series, or assemblage; especially :  one that poses some sort of ordeal <a gauntlet of autograph-seekers>

  2. 2 :  a severe trial :  ordeal <ran the gauntlet of criticism and censure>



Variants of gauntlet

also gantlet

Origin of gauntlet

by folk etymology from gantelope


First Known Use: 1645



GAUNTLET Defined for Kids

gauntlet

noun gaunt·let \ˈgȯnt-lət\

Definition of gauntlet

  1. 1 :  a glove made of small metal plates and worn with a suit of armor

  2. 2 :  a glove with a wide cuff that protects the wrist and part of the arm





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