cestus

noun (1)
ces·tus | \ˈses-təs \
plural cesti\-ˌtī \

Definition of cestus 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

cestus

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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