\ ˈgləv How to pronounce glove (audio) \

Definition of glove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a covering for the hand having separate sections for each of the fingers and the thumb and often extending part way up the arm
2a(1) : a padded leather covering for the hand used in baseball to catch a thrown or batted ball specifically : one having individual thumb and finger sections usually connected with a lacing or webbing — compare mitt
(2) : fielding ability he's got a good glove at three positions and can pinch-hit— Casey Stengel
b gloves plural : the restraints of civility the gloves came off for the interview


gloved; gloving

Definition of glove (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with a glove
b : to furnish with gloves
2 : to catch (something, such as a baseball) in one's gloved hand

Examples of glove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This round-toe style from Everlane conforms to the foot over time to fit like a glove. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "8 Pairs Of Spring’s Chicest Ballet Flats, From Classic To Contemporary," 9 Apr. 2021 That came in the form of Mateo, the former A’s prospect, who jumped at the wall in center for Darin Ruf’s second-inning drive and had the ball hit the bottom of his glove before clanging off it over the wallfor a two-run homer. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants bullpen wobbles briefly before slamming door in extra innings at San Diego," 7 Apr. 2021 Other than that, this stylish suit should fit you like a glove. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Save on the Summersalt swimsuits that are all over Instagram with this code," 2 Apr. 2021 Colorado Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia nearly made the catch with a leap, but the ball went in and out of his glove and Bellinger seemingly had a two-run home run to give the Dodgers a two-run lead. Los Angeles Times, "Greatest moments in Dodger history No. 9: Vin Scully’s final game at Dodger Stadium," 2 Apr. 2021 But, the Devils challenged it for goaltender interference, and the score was overturned because David Krejci knocked it out of Blackwood's glove. Ken Powtak, Star Tribune, "Blackwood makes 40 saves for 1st SO, Devils top Bruins 1-0," 28 Mar. 2021 Normally an oven mitt is awkward and bulky, but this luxe leather model fits, well, like a glove, bringing finesse to open-fire cooking. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "Your Guide to Living Well in the Great Outdoors," 27 Mar. 2021 The dress fit like a glove, almost as if it were made just for her. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "Meet the nap dress, an ultra-comfortable WFH staple we’re obsessed with," 24 Mar. 2021 Two minutes later, Minnesota-Duluth winger Anna Klein rushed to the Northeastern net, but Frankel (26 saves) pushed the puck away with the tip of her glove to deny Klein’s scoring attempt., "Northeastern women’s hockey one win away from first NCAA championship," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jimenez went back to the left-field wall at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., jumped and reached his arm and glove over the fence. Lamond Pope,, "Outfielder Eloy Jimenez will be out 5-6 months for the Chicago White Sox with a ruptured left pectoral tendon," 25 Mar. 2021 There was a moment in the second period when the puck was loose and the crease was crowded, but Bernier bellyflopped to glove the puck. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings score twice on power play, hold off red-hot Hurricanes for 4-2 victory," 17 Mar. 2021 Rantanen was initially credited with a goal 27 seconds into the second period after Petersen was unable to cleanly glove McKinnon's wrist shot. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "MacKinnon reaches 500 points as Avalanche top Kings 3-2," 20 Jan. 2021 In fact, when the pandemic and subsequent mask shortage hit, salons like Paintbox and Sundays in New York City stepped up and donated their mask and glove stock to first responders. Miss Pop, Allure, "How to Match Your Nail Art and Face Mask Like a Pro Manicurist," 21 Nov. 2020 Instead, Altuve short-hopped his throw to Gurriel, who couldn’t glove it. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Key error deals Astros Game 2 loss, 2-0 hole in ALCS," 12 Oct. 2020 Sogard did hit a couple balls hard off Cincinnati's Sonny Gray in Game 1 of the Brewers’ doubleheader Thursday but rightfielder Nick Castellanos was able to glove them both. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers place catcher Manny Piña on injured list with knee injury, recall Jacob Nottingham," 28 Aug. 2020 The seismic social and style changes that the late ’60s ushered in finally killed the idea that everyone had to glove up in polite society, relegating gloves mostly to winter utility or garden sheds. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 Khudobin makes an initial save and then dives to his left to glove a rebound chance by Teravainen that would have given the Hurricanes a one-goal lead at the first intermission. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "‘They make my job easy’: Breaking down the brilliance of Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of glove


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glove


Middle English, from Old English glōf; akin to Old Norse glōfi glove

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19 Apr 2021

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“Glove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glove

: a covering for the hand that has separate parts for each finger
baseball : a padded leather covering for the hand that is used to catch the ball and that has individual thumb and finger sections
: a very thick, padded covering for the hand that is worn in the sport of boxing


\ ˈgləv How to pronounce glove (audio) \

Kids Definition of glove

: a covering for the hand having a separate section for each finger

Other Words from glove

gloved \ ˈgləvd \ adjective

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