from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flexible sheath, usually made of thin rubber or latex, designed to cover the penis during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
- n. A similar device, consisting of a loose-fitting polyurethane sheath closed at one end, that is inserted intravaginally before sexual intercourse. Also called female condom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flexible sleeve made of latex or other impermeable material such as sheepskin, worn over an erect penis during intercourse as a contraceptive or as a way to prevent the spread of STDs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. Many theories exist. See Italian guantone, from guanto ("a glove") (Wiktionary)