Definition of javelin
1 : a light spear thrown as a weapon of war or in hunting
2 : a slender usually metal shaft at least 260 centimeters long that is thrown for distance in a field event
Examples of javelin in a Sentence
from atop his horse the warrior hurled a javelin that pierced the chest of his hapless foe
Recent Examples of javelin from the Web
Zadroga won the pole vault with a record-tying mark of 11 feet and the javelin at 121-9.
Lawson’s mark of 166 feet, 11 inches in the javelin was a personal best.
Western Washington senior Bethany Drake won her second NCAA Division II national championship in the javelin at the national meet in Bradenton, Fla.
Former Oregon Duck Haley Crouser qualifies for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin for Texas.
Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 javelin-bombed every other videogame in the month of November, selling an astonishing 6 million copies, the NPD Group reported Thursday.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'javelin'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of javelin
Middle English chafeveleyn, from Middle French javeline, alteration of javelot, of Celt origin; akin to Old Irish gabul forked stick
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
JAVELIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of javelin for English Language Learners
: a long spear that people throw as far as they can as a sport
the javelin : an event in which people compete by trying to throw a javelin farther than everyone else
JAVELIN Defined for Kids
Definition of javelin for Students
1 : a light spear
2 : a slender rod thrown for distance in a track-and-field contest (javelin throw)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up javelin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).