Definition of cestus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛstəs/

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noun (plural cesti /ˈsɛstʌɪ/)

A belt or girdle, especially one worn by a bride in ancient times.
Example sentences
  • 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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