from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A protective glove worn with medieval armor.
- n. A protective glove with a flared cuff, used in manual labor, in certain sports, and for driving.
- n. A challenge: throw down the gauntlet; take up the gauntlet.
- n. A dress glove cuffed above the wrist.
- n. A form of punishment or torture in which people armed with sticks or other weapons arrange themselves in two lines facing each other and beat the person forced to run between them.
- n. The lines of people so arranged.
- n. An onslaught or attack from all sides: "The hostages . . . ran the gauntlet of insult on their way to the airport” ( Harper's).
- n. A severe trial; an ordeal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Protective armor for the hands.
- n. Two parallel rows of attackers who strike at a criminal as punishment
- n. Simultaneous attack from two or more sides
- n. Any challenging, difficult, or painful ordeal, often one performed for atonement or punishment
- n. A temporary convergence of two parallel railroad tracks allowing passage through a narrow opening in each direction without switching.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See gantlet.
- n. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds.
- n. A long glove, covering the wrist.
- n. A rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A glove; specifically, in medieval armor, a glove of defense, either attached to the defensive armor of the arm or separate from it.
- n. A long stout glove, usually for use in riding or driving. As ordinarily worn, it covers loosely the lower part of the arm.
- n. In a restricted sense, the wrist-cover or cuff alone of a glove.
- n. A mitt.
- n. In surgery, a form of bandage which envelops the hand and fingers like a glove.
- n. Hence, in general — To challenge; invite opposition with the view of overcoming it.
- n. Same as gantlet, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. to offer or accept a challenge
- n. a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
- n. a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim
- n. a glove with long sleeve
Middle English, from Old French gantelet, diminutive of gant, glove, from Frankish *want.
Alteration (influenced by gauntlet1) of gantlope, from Swedish gatlopp : gata, lane (from Old Norse) + lopp, course, running (from Middle Low German lōp).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English "glove", also gantelet, from Old French gantelet ("gauntlet worn by a knight in armor, a token of one's personality or person, and symbolizing a challenge"), diminutive of gant ("glove") (Wiktionary)
From gantlope, from Swedish gatlopp ("passageway"), from Old Swedish gata ("lane") + lopp ("course"), from löpa ("to run") (Wiktionary)