javelin

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noun jav·e·lin \ˈjav-lən, ˈja-və-\

Definition of javelin

  1. 1 :  a light spear thrown as a weapon of war or in hunting

  2. 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>

Origin and Etymology of javelin

Middle English chafeveleyn, from Middle French javeline, alteration of javelot, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish gabul forked stick


First Known Use: 15th century



JAVELIN Defined for English Language Learners

javelin

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noun jav·e·lin \ˈjav-lən, ˈja-və-\

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

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noun jav·e·lin \ˈjav-lən, ˈja-və-lən\

Definition of javelin for Students

  1. 1 :  a light spear

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



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