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Meaning of GAUNTLET

Pronunciation:  'gontlit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a glove with long sleeve
  2. [n]  a glove of armored leather; protects the hand

GAUNTLET is a 8 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: gauntlets, metal glove
 See Also: body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, glove, gloves, suit of armor, suit of armour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gaunt"let\, n. (Mil.)
    See {Gantlet}.
  2. \Gaunt"let\, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL.
    wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante,
    Icel. v["o]ttr, for vantr.]
    1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from
    Note: The gauntlet of the Middle Ages was sometimes of chain
          mail, sometimes of leather partly covered with plates,
          scales, etc., of metal sewed to it, and, in the 14th
          century, became a glove of small steel plates,
          carefully articulated and covering the whole hand
          except the palm and the inside of the fingers.
    2. A long glove, covering the wrist.
    3. (Naut.) A rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for
    {To take up the gauntlet}, to accept a challenge.
    {To throw down the gauntlet}, to offer or send a challenge.
       The gauntlet or glove was thrown down by the knight
       challenging, and was taken up by the one who accepted the
       challenge; -- hence the phrases.
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