javelin

noun jav·e·lin \ ˈjav-lən , ˈja-və- \

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

  1. from atop his horse the warrior hurled a javelin that pierced the chest of his hapless foe

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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

javelin Synonyms

Synonyms
spear, lance, pike, pikestaff, shaft
Related Words
dart, spike; gaff, halberd (also halbert), harpoon, leister, trident


JAVELIN Defined for English Language Learners

javelin

noun

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

javelin

noun jav·e·lin \ ˈjav-lən , ˈja-və-lən \

Definition of javelin for Students

1 :a light spear
2 :a slender rod thrown for distance in a track-and-field contest ( javelin throw )


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