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gauntlet1

Syllabification: gaunt·let
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôntlət
 
, ˈɡäntlət
 
/

noun

1A stout glove with a long loose wrist.
Example sentences
  • He wore a skin tight black muscle shirt, thick black jean pants, and gauntlets with open fingers.
  • She had goldsmiths make a matching bracelet, which was always worn on her right wrist, over fingerless black gauntlets.
  • Her hair was hidden beneath a bandanna and she wore a cloth vest, jean shorts and black, fingerless gauntlets.
1.1 historical An armored glove, as worn by a medieval knight.
Example sentences
  • He dropped his swords and pummelled the paladin's helm with his armoured gauntlets, knocking him backwards and disorientating him for a second.
  • Some knights were cited as wearing mail gloves under their plated gauntlets for added strength.
  • In other words, the most successful stabilization force is one that wears both the mailed gauntlet and the velvet glove.
1.2The part of a glove covering the wrist.
Example sentences
  • The gauntlet on the glove was to cover up the aluminum, so it wouldn't heat up in the light.
  • She flexed her wrists, feeling the leather gauntlets stretch and slide along her forearms.
  • They're made of goatskin, with extra-long gauntlets for up-to-the-elbow protection.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French gantelet, diminutive of gant 'glove', of Germanic origin.

More
  • To throw down the gauntlet and run the gauntlet use two different gauntlets. If someone throws down (or takes up) the gauntlet, they issue (or accept) a challenge. In medieval times a gauntlet (from Old French) was a glove worn as part of a medieval suit of armour. The custom was for a knight to challenge another to a fight or duel by throwing his gauntlet to the ground. The other knight would pick it up to show that he accepted the challenge. To run the gauntlet has nothing to do with gloves, but refers to a former military form of punishment recorded from the mid 17th century. A soldier found guilty of an offence, particularly stealing from his fellows, was stripped to the waist and forced to run between two lines of men armed with sticks, who beat him as he went past. Gauntlet here is a version of an earlier word gantlope, from Swedish gatlopp, from gata ‘lane’ and lopp ‘course’. Run the gantlope was first recorded in English in 1646, but gantlope was soon replaced by gauntlet, a more familiar word.

Phrases

take up (or throw down) the gauntlet

1
Accept (or issue) a challenge.
[from the medieval custom of issuing a challenge by throwing one's gauntlet to the ground; whoever picked it up was deemed to have accepted the challenge]
Example sentences
  • We should throw down the gauntlet and challenge this absurd perception.
  • The game also lets you take up the gauntlet of 14 challenges such as trying to win promotion, or avoiding relegation in six weeks, so not to tie you down to a long season if you don't have time.
  • He then throws down the gauntlet by challenging educational reformers to come up with suitable new methods of teaching morality.

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gauntlet2

Syllabification: gaunt·let
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôn(t)lət
 
, ˈɡän(t)lət
 
/
(also gantlet /ˈɡantlət/)

noun

(in phrase run the gauntlet)
1Go through an intimidating or dangerous crowd, place, or experience in order to reach a goal: they had to run the gauntlet of television cameras
More example sentences
  • This, it emerges, is reached by running the gauntlet alongside the entrance for the police vans and what look like the service entries for the dustbins and the meter readers.
  • Today, again, she had to run the gauntlet of camera crews, and the fact that her lawyers have attempted to raise more interest in local media about this case has brought more local cameras here.
  • Unofficial paths and access ways are now closed off to walkers, cyclists and horse riders, forcing them to run the gauntlet of the traffic on the roads to reach the dwindling recreation areas.
2 historical Undergo the military punishment of receiving blows while running between two rows of men with sticks.

Origin

mid 17th century: alteration of gantlope (from Swedish gatlopp, from gata 'lane' + lopp 'course') by association with gauntlet1.

More
  • To throw down the gauntlet and run the gauntlet use two different gauntlets. If someone throws down (or takes up) the gauntlet, they issue (or accept) a challenge. In medieval times a gauntlet (from Old French) was a glove worn as part of a medieval suit of armour. The custom was for a knight to challenge another to a fight or duel by throwing his gauntlet to the ground. The other knight would pick it up to show that he accepted the challenge. To run the gauntlet has nothing to do with gloves, but refers to a former military form of punishment recorded from the mid 17th century. A soldier found guilty of an offence, particularly stealing from his fellows, was stripped to the waist and forced to run between two lines of men armed with sticks, who beat him as he went past. Gauntlet here is a version of an earlier word gantlope, from Swedish gatlopp, from gata ‘lane’ and lopp ‘course’. Run the gantlope was first recorded in English in 1646, but gantlope was soon replaced by gauntlet, a more familiar word.

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