noun \ˈgləv\

: a covering for the hand that has separate parts for each finger

baseball : a padded leather covering for the hand that is used to catch the ball and that has individual thumb and finger sections

: a very thick, padded covering for the hand that is worn in the sport of boxing

Full Definition of GLOVE

a :  a covering for the hand having separate sections for each of the fingers and the thumb and often extending part way up the arm
b :  1gauntlet 1
a (1) :  a padded leather covering for the hand used in baseball to catch a thrown or batted ball; specifically :  one having individual thumb and finger sections usually connected with a lacing or webbing — compare mitt (2) :  fielding ability <he's got a good glove at three positions and can pinch-hit — Casey Stengel>
b :  boxing glove
a :  1gauntlet 3
b plural :  the restraints of civility <the gloves came off for the interview>

Origin of GLOVE

Middle English, from Old English glōf; akin to Old Norse glōfi glove
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with GLOVE



Definition of GLOVE

transitive verb
a :  to cover with or as if with a glove
b :  to furnish with gloves
:  to catch (as a baseball) in one's gloved hand

First Known Use of GLOVE

15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Covering for the hand with separate sections for the fingers and the thumb, usually extending over the wrist or part of the arm. Linen gloves were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt. Medieval European nobles wore both fabric and leather gloves, often jeweled and embroidered. By the 14th century gloves were worn generally by upper-class men; but in the 16th century Catherine de Médicis, queen consort of Henry II of France, made gloves for women fashionable. Glovemaking became an industry in 1834 when the glove-cutting die was invented in France. Fabric gloves of antiquity were made of woven material, but modern fabric gloves are knitted of cotton, wool, or synthetic fibres.


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