- (athletics) An athletic throwing event where the object to be thrown is the javelin, a spear-like object made of metal, fiberglass and, in some cases, carbon fiber.
Variant of javelin
- a light spear for throwing
- in full javelin throw
- a pointed wooden or metal shaft, about 8 ft long, thrown for distance as a test of strength and skill
- the throwing of the javelin as a field event in track and field meets
Origin of javelinMiddle French javeline, feminine diminutive ; from javelot, a spear, probably ; from Gaulish an unverified form gabalaccos ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghabh(o)lo-, forked branch, fork from source Old English gafol, German gabel