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gavel

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noun gav·el \ˈga-vəl\

Definition of gavel

  1. :  rent or tribute in medieval England



Origin and Etymology of gavel

Middle English, from Old English gafol; akin to Old English giefan to give


First Known Use: before 12th century


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gavel

noun gav·el

Definition of gavel

  1. :  a mallet used (as by a presiding officer or auctioneer) for commanding attention or confirming an action (as a vote or sale)



Origin and Etymology of gavel

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1835


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gavel

verb gav·el

Definition of gavel

gaveled

or

gavelled

gaveling

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gavelling

\ˈgav-liŋ, ˈga-və-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring or force by use of a gavel <gaveled the audience to silence>



1925

First Known Use of gavel

1925


GAVEL Defined for Kids

gavel

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noun gav·el \ˈga-vəl\

Definition of gavel for Students

  1. :  a mallet with which the person in charge raps to get people's attention in a meeting or courtroom




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