Javelin meaning

jăvlĭn, jăvə-
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A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.
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A light spear for throwing.
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A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.
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To pierce with a javelin.

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Origin of javelin

  • Middle English from Old French javeline diminutive of javelot of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Old French javelline, diminutive of javelot, from Celtic *gablakko- (Old Irish gabul, Welsh gafl). The Old French term was also borrowed into Middle Low German as gaveline, and into Middle High German as gabilot.

    From Wiktionary