What does gauntlet mean?

Definitions for gauntletˈgɔnt lɪt, ˈgɑnt-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gauntlet.

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

  5. Origin: [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. vttr, for vantr.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gauntlet

    gänt′let, n. the iron glove of armour, formerly thrown down in challenge: a long glove covering the wrist.—p.adj. Gaunt′leted, wearing a gauntlet or gauntlets.—n. Gaunt′let-guard, a guard of a sword or dagger, protecting the hand very thoroughly.—Run the gauntlet (see Gantlet).—Throw down, Take up, the gauntlet, to give, to accept a challenge. [Fr. gantelet, double dim. of gant, a glove, of Scand. origin; cf. Old Sw. vante, a glove, Ice. vöttr, a glove, Dan. vante.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gauntlet in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gauntlet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrust the thing we have prayed for in our face, like a gauntlet with a gift in it.

  2. Robert G. Ingersoll:

    When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.

  3. Jessica Grayless:

    It’s been very helpful and comforting to us that what made her special, everyone else is taking up the gauntlet for her and spreading the same kind of kindness that she would have had she been able to live longer.

  4. The Hollywood Reporter:

    It took less than five minutes into Fox's 'Grease: Live' for director Thomas Kail to throw down the gauntlet, kick it out the door and slam the door shut on just about any future live musicals when it comes to sheer technical dexterity.

  5. Dmitry Peskov:

    The president is mobilized, fully mobilized, mobilized to the extent that circumstances demand, the circumstances are unprecedented. The gauntlet thrown down to Russia is unprecedented. So naturally the reaction is in line with this threat.

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