Definitions for gauntletˈgɔnt lɪt, ˈgɑnt-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gaunt•letˈgɔnt lɪt, ˈgɑnt-(n.)

  1. a mailed glove worn with a suit of armor to protect the hand.

    Category: Heraldry

  2. a glove with an extended cuff.

    Category: Clothing

  3. the cuff itself.

    Category: Clothing

Idioms for gauntlet:

  1. take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge to fight.

    Category: Idiom

  2. throw down the gauntlet, to challenge someone to fight.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of gauntlet:

1375–1425; late ME gantelet < MF, dim. of gant glove < Gmc *want-; cf. ON vǫttr


gaunt•letˈgɔnt lɪt, ˈgɑnt-(n.)

  1. a former punishment, chiefly military, in which the offender was made to run between two rows of men who struck at him with switches or weapons as he passed.

  2. the two rows of men administering this punishment.

  3. an attack from two or all sides.

  4. a severe test; ordeal.

  5. Ref: Also, gantlet (for defs. 1, 2, 4 ).

Idioms for gauntlet:

  1. run the gauntlet,to suffer severe criticism or tribulation.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of gauntlet:

1670–80; alter. of gantlope

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gauntlet, gantlet(noun)

    to offer or accept a challenge

    "threw down the gauntlet"; "took up the gauntlet"

  2. gauntlet, gantlet, metal glove(noun)

    a glove of armored leather; protects the hand

  3. gauntlet, gantlet(noun)

    a glove with long sleeve

  4. gauntlet, gantlet(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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gauntlet(noun)

    see Gantlet

  2. Gauntlet(noun)

    a glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds

  3. Gauntlet(noun)

    a long glove, covering the wrist

  4. Gauntlet(noun)

    a rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying


  1. Gauntlet

    Gauntlet is a name for several different styles of glove, particularly those with an extended cuff covering part of the forearm. Gauntlets exist in many forms, ranging from flexible fabric and leather gloves, to mail and fully articulated plate armour.


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