ˈja-və- How to pronounce javelin (audio)
: a light spear thrown as a weapon of war or in hunting
: a slender usually metal shaft at least 260 centimeters long that is thrown for distance in an athletic field event
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

from atop his horse the warrior hurled a javelin that pierced the chest of his hapless foe
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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of javelin was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Javelin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/javelin. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


jav·​e·​lin ˈjav-(ə-)lən How to pronounce javelin (audio)
: a light spear
: a slender usually metal shaft that is thrown for distance in a track-and-field event

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