Definition of javelin in English:


Line breaks: jav|elin
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒav(ə)lɪn


  • 1A light spear thrown in a competitive sport or as a weapon.
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    • 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 sport of throwing a javelin: his nearest rival in the javelin
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    • 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.

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