- The definition of a gage is a deposit or something given as a challenge to start a fight.
- An example of a gage is money left for a layaway item.
- An example of a gage is a hat thrown down to indicate a person wants to fight.
gage definition by Webster's New World
- something deposited or pledged to ensure that an obligation will be fulfilled; security
- a pledge to appear and fight, as a glove thrown down by a knight challenging another
- a challenge
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French a pledge, pawn ; from (? via Midieval Latin wagium) Frankish an unverified form waddi or Gothic wadi, pledge ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wadh-: see wed
gage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something deposited or given as security against an obligation; a pledge.
- Something, such as a glove, that is offered or thrown down as a pledge or challenge to fight.
- A challenge.
- To pledge as security.
- To offer as a stake in a bet; wager.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
Origin: After Sir William Gage (1656?-1727), English botanist.
noun & v.
, Thomas 1721-1787.