noun (plural cesti /ˈsɛstʌɪ/)
A belt or girdle, especially one worn by a bride in ancient times.
- Her girdle or cestus conferred magic beauty on the wearer.
- The cestus of Venus, the lute of Apollo, we never could find; but there was sweeter loot in the sack of Olympus, and our cellars are not yet quite empty.
- He ridiculed a beautiful cestus, or clasp of brilliants and emeralds.
Mid 16th century: Latin, from Greek kestos 'stitched'.
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