Definitions for javelinˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jave•linˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə-(n.)

  1. a light spear, usu. thrown by hand.

  2. a spearlike shaft about 8½ ft. (2.7 m) long and usu. made of wood, used in throwing for distance as a field event.

    Category: Sport

Origin of javelin:

1505–15; < MF javeline, alter. of javelot, AF gavelot, gaveloc, prob. < OE gafeluc, *gafeloc蠐 British Celtic *gablākos a spear with a forklike head

Princeton's WordNet

  1. javelin(noun)

    an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible

  2. javelin(noun)

    a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events


  1. javelin(Noun)

    A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.

  2. javelin(Noun)

    A metal-tipped spear thrown for distance in an athletic field event.

  3. Origin: from javelline, diminutive of javelot, from *gablakko- (Old Irish gabul, Welsh gafl).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Javelin(noun)

    a sort of light spear, to be thrown or cast by thew hand; anciently, a weapon of war used by horsemen and foot soldiers; now used chiefly in hunting the wild boar and other fierce game

  2. Javelin(verb)

    to pierce with a javelin


  1. Javelin

    A javelin is a light spear designed primarily to be thrown, historically as a ranged weapon, but today predominantly for sport. The javelin is almost always thrown by hand, unlike the bow and arrow and slingshot, which shoot projectiles from a mechanism. However, hurling devices do exist to assist the javelin thrower in achieving greater distance. The word javeline comes from Middle English and it derives from Old French javelin, a diminutive of javelot which meant spear. The word javelot probably originated from one of the Celtic languages.

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a light spear for throwing eg as an event in an athletic competition.

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