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gauntlet

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noun gaunt·let \ˈgȯnt-lət, ˈgänt-\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of gauntlet

  1. 1 :  a glove worn with medieval armor to protect the hand

  2. 2 :  any of various protective gloves used especially in industry

  3. 3 :  an open challenge (as to combat) —used in phrases like throw down the gauntlet

  4. 4 :  a dress glove extending above the wrist

gauntleted

play \ˈgȯnt-lə-təd, ˈgänt-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gauntlet

Middle English, from Middle French gantelet, diminutive of gant glove, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch want glove, Old Norse vǫttr


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gauntlet

noun gaunt·let
variants: or less commonly

Definition of gauntlet

  1. 1a :  a double file of men facing each other and armed with clubs or other weapons with which to strike at an individual who is made to run between them —used with runb :  a line, series, or assemblage; especially :  one that poses some sort of ordeal a gauntlet of autograph-seekers

  2. 2 :  a severe trial :  ordeal ran the gauntlet of criticism and censure

Origin and Etymology of gauntlet

altered from gantelope, apparently by assimilation to 1gauntlet



GAUNTLET Defined for Kids

gauntlet

noun gaunt·let \ˈgȯnt-lət\

Definition of gauntlet for Students

  1. 1 :  a glove made of small metal plates and worn with a suit of armor

  2. 2 :  a glove with a wide cuff that protects the wrist and part of the arm



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