gavel

noun (1)
gav·​el | \ ˈga-vəl How to pronounce gavel (audio) \

Definition of gavel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: rent or tribute in medieval England

gavel

noun (2)

Definition of gavel (Entry 2 of 3)

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

gavel

verb
gaveled or gavelled; gaveling or gavelling\ ˈgav-​liŋ How to pronounce gavel (audio) , ˈga-​və-​ \

Definition of gavel (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to bring or force by use of a gavel gaveled the audience to silence

First Known Use of gavel

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1835, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gavel

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Gavel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gavel. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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gavel

noun
gav·​el | \ ˈga-vəl How to pronounce gavel (audio) \

Kids Definition of gavel

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

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