from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman's belt or girdle, especially as worn in ancient Greece.
- n. A covering for the hand made of leather straps weighted with iron or lead and worn by boxers in ancient Rome.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A leather fighting glove, frequently weighed with metal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A girdle; particularly that of Aphrodite (or Venus) which gave the wearer the power of exciting love.
- n. A genus of Ctenophora. The typical species (Cestus Veneris) is remarkable for its brilliant iridescent colors, and its long, girdlelike form.
- n. A covering for the hands of boxers, made of leather bands, and often loaded with lead or iron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. and Rom. antiq., a girdle of any kind, whether worn by men or by women; particularly, the Greek girdle for confining the tunic, and specifically the girdle or zone of Venus, which was said to be decorated with everything that could awaken love.
- n. In zoology: A ctenophoran; one of the Cestidæ. Same as Cestum.
- n. Among the Greeks and Romans, a kind of boxing-glove or gauntlet, consisting of stout leather thongs or straps, often loaded with lead or iron, fastened on the hands and arms of boxers (called cestuarii) to render their blows more effective.
Latin, belt, from Greek kestos; see kent- in Indo-European roots.
Latin caestus, from caedere, to strike; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cestus. (Wiktionary)