javelin

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

jav·e·lin

noun \ˈjav-lən, ˈja-və-\

: a long spear that people throw as far as they can as a sport

the javelin : an event in which people compete by trying to throw a javelin farther than everyone else

Full Definition of JAVELIN

1
:  a light spear thrown as a weapon of war or in hunting
2
:  a slender usually metal shaft at least 260 centimeters long that is thrown for distance in a field event

Examples of JAVELIN

  1. <from atop his horse the warrior hurled a javelin that pierced the chest of his hapless foe>

Origin of JAVELIN

Middle English chafeveleyn, from Middle French javeline, alteration of javelot, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish gabul forked stick
First Known Use: 15th century

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