javelin

noun jav·e·lin \ ˈjav-lən , ˈja-və- \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of javelin

1 : a light spear thrown as a weapon of war or in hunting
2 a : a slender usually metal shaft at least 260 centimeters long that is thrown for distance in an athetic field event
b or javelin throw : an athletic field event in which a javelin is thrown for distance
  • won the gold medal in the javelin
  • … Serene Ross, who set her second American record in three weeks in the javelin throw in winning at 197 feet.
  • —Frank Litsky

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

lance, pike, pikestaff, shaft, spear;

Related Words

dart, spike;

gaff, halberd (also halbert), harpoon, trident;



JAVELIN Defined for English Language Learners

javelin

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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