- a former military punishment in which the offender had to run between two rows of men who struck him with clubs, etc. as he passed
- a series of troubles or difficulties: in these senses, now spelled equally gauntlet
- a section of railroad track through a narrow passage where two lines of track overlap, one rail of each line being within the rails of the other
Origin of gantletearlier gantlope ; from Swedish gatlopp, a running down a lane ; from gata, lane (akin to German gasse: see gait) + lopp, a run, akin to leap
run the gantlet
- to be punished by means of the gantlet
- to proceed while under attack from both sides, as by criticism
transitive verbgant·let·ed, gant·let·ing, gant·lets
Origin of gantletVariant of gauntlet2.
- Alternative spelling of gauntlet.