Definition of javelin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjav(ə)lən/


1A light spear thrown in a competitive sport or as a weapon.
Example sentences
  • Light cavalry carried a small sword and two or three javelins while the heavy force was equipped with scimitar, mace and a 4 meter lance.
  • They were poised to throw their spears and javelins but I had a sudden impulse to stop them.
  • To gain some protection by distancing themselves from the dangers of close combat, early fighters used throwing weapons - slings, bows, javelins, and spears.
1.1 (the javelin) The athletic event or sport of throwing the javelin: his nearest rival in the javelin
More example sentences
  • She also won gold at other athletics events including the javelin, cross-country and 100m.
  • The ancient Greeks pioneered several complex athletic techniques, especially in events such as the javelin and long-jump.
  • I think this time round I'm just going to be concentrating on doing some throwing events, like the javelin, the discus and the shot putt.


Late Middle English: from Old French javeline, of Celtic origin.

Words that rhyme with javelin


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Syllabification: jave·lin

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