Definition of Gauntlet

1. Noun. To offer or accept a challenge. "Took up the gauntlet"

Exact synonyms: Gantlet
Generic synonyms: Challenge



2. Noun. A glove of armored leather; protects the hand.
Exact synonyms: Gantlet, Metal Glove
Group relationships: Body Armor, Body Armour, Cataphract, Coat Of Mail, Suit Of Armor, Suit Of Armour
Generic synonyms: Glove

3. Noun. A glove with long sleeve.
Exact synonyms: Gantlet
Generic synonyms: Glove

4. Noun. A form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim.
Exact synonyms: Gantlet
Generic synonyms: Corporal Punishment

Definition of Gauntlet

1. n. See Gantlet.

2. n. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds.

Definition of Gauntlet

1. Noun. Protective armor for the hands. ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) Two parallel rows of attackers who strike at a criminal as punishment ¹

3. Noun. Simultaneous attack from two or more sides ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) Any challenging, difficult, or painful ordeal, often one performed for atonement or punishment ¹

5. Noun. (rail) A temporary convergence of two parallel railroad tracks allowing passage through a narrow opening in each direction without switching. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gauntlet

1. to gantlet [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: gantlet

Medical Definition of Gauntlet

1. A glove. See: bandage. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gauntlet

gaumiest
gauming
gaumless
gaums
gaumy
gaun
gaunch
gaunched
gaunches
gaunching
gaunt
gaunted
gaunter
gauntest
gaunting
gauntlet (current term)
gauntlet bandage
gauntleted
gauntleting
gauntlets
gauntletted
gauntly
gauntness
gauntnesses
gauntree
gauntrees
gauntries
gauntry
gaunts
gaup

Literary usage of Gauntlet

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"See, however, gauntlet 2. gantlet See gauntlet 1. gap The use of gap in such phrases ... 1965 gauntlet 1. gauntlet, gantlet. Some confusion exists about the ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"To cast or throw down the gauntlet, (a) To cast one's glove upon the ground in token of challenge or defiance : a custom of medieval times. ..."

3. London: Being an Accurate History and Description of the British Metropolis by David Hughson (1805)
"... the champion threw down his gauntlet; which, having lain some small time, ... which the champion (having put on his gauntlet) received, and retiring a ..."

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