1

gavel

noun gav·el \ ˈga-vəl \

Definition of gavel

:rent or tribute in medieval England

Origin and Etymology of gavel

Middle English, from Old English gafol; akin to Old English giefan to give


2

gavel

noun

Definition of gavel

:a mallet used (as by a presiding officer or auctioneer) for commanding attention or confirming an action (such as a vote or sale)

Origin and Etymology of gavel

origin unknown


3

gavel

verb

Definition of gavel

gaveled or gavelled; gaveling or gavelling play \ˈgav-liŋ, ˈga-və-\
transitive verb
:to bring or force by use of a gavel
  • gaveled the audience to silence

First Known Use of gavel

1925


GAVEL Defined for Kids

gavel

noun gav·el \ ˈga-vəl \

Definition of gavel for Students

:a mallet with which the person in charge raps to get people's attention in a meeting or courtroom


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gavel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!