noun (1)
ces·​tus | \ ˈse-stəs How to pronounce cestus (audio) \
plural cesti\ ˈse-​ˌstī How to pronounce cesti (audio) \

Definition of cestus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a woman's belt especially : a symbolic one worn by a bride


noun (2)

Definition of cestus (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hand covering of leather bands often loaded with lead or iron and used by boxers in ancient Rome

First Known Use of cestus

Noun (1)

1557, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1720, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cestus

Noun (1)

Latin, girdle, belt, from Greek kestos, from kestos stitched, from kentein to prick — more at center

Noun (2)

Latin cestus, caestus

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“Cestus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesti. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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