• WordNet 3.6
    • n gauntlet 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 gauntlet a glove with long sleeve
    • n gauntlet a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
    • n gauntlet to offer or accept a challenge "threw down the gauntlet","took up the gauntlet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gauntlet A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds.
    • Gauntlet A long glove, covering the wrist.
    • Gauntlet (Naut) A rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying.
    • n Gauntlet (Mil) See Gantlet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gauntlet A glove; specifically, in medieval armor, a glove of defense, either attached to the defensive armor of the arm or separate from it. Throughout the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the sleeve of the hauberk was long, and closed at the end covering the hands in the form of mittens; a glove of leather was worn beneath the mail to protect the hand from the chafing of the metal rings. Toward the end of the thirteenth century a slit was made at the palm, through which the hand could be passed, allowing the mail mitten to hang from the wrist. A few instances of mail gauntlets with separated fingers appear in English monuments of the same period. In the fourteenth century the separate armed glove appears, consisting at first of leather upon which roundels and other plates of steel are sewed; and about 1350 is found the completely articulated glove of hammered steel, each finger separate and each joint free to bend. The changes after this are merely in the direction of greater delicacy of execution, allowing still freer movement. In tourneys and justs the left hand was sometimes guarded by a heavy steel glove without joints. See mainde-fer. Also called glove-of-mail.
    • n gauntlet A long stout glove, usually for use in riding or driving. As ordinarily worn, it covers loosely the lower part of the arm.
    • n gauntlet In a restricted sense, the wrist-cover or cuff alone of a glove.
    • n gauntlet A mitt.
    • n gauntlet In surgery, a form of bandage which envelops the hand and fingers like a glove.
    • n gauntlet Hence, in general — To challenge; invite opposition with the view of overcoming it.
    • n gauntlet Same as gantlet, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gauntlet gänt′let the iron glove of armour, formerly thrown down in challenge: a long glove covering the wrist
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  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrust the thing we have prayed for in our face, like a gauntlet with a gift in it.”


Run the gauntlet - If somebody is being criticised harshly by a lot of people, they are said to run the gauntlet.
Throw down the gauntlet - Throw down the gauntlet is to issue a challenge to somebody.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gantelet, dim. of gant, glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. vöttr, for vantr,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. gantelet, double dim. of gant, a glove, of Scand. origin; cf. Old Sw. vante, a glove, Ice. vöttr, a glove, Dan. vante.


In literature:

I am asking you to pick up my gauntlet.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Thus proudly he threw down the gauntlet of defiance.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
A word used by ancient heralds for armour for the hand, instead of gauntlet.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
But every woman who aspired to this honor, was required upon a certain day in the year, to run the gauntlet of braves.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
Sylvie ran the gauntlet of the village refuse, and had to go to Boston to the intelligence offices.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The girl drew off her gauntlet and extended her hand.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
Must take up the gauntlet?
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
Without an instant's hesitation she flung down the gauntlet.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
It throws down the gauntlet where once it used to cower in its fastnesses.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
He was the unknown knight throwing down the gauntlet in her defense.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey

In poetry:

To his knees the knight rose up,
Loosed his gauntlet-band;
Fearing, daring, toward the cup
Went his naked hand;
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Nahant thrusts outward through the waves
Her arm of yellow sand,
And breaks the roaring surge that braves
The gauntlet on her hand;
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Bare-handed, I hand the combs.
The man in white smiles, bare-handed,
Our cheesecloth gauntlets neat and sweet,
The throats of our wrists brave lilies.
He and I
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
I bring no lesson. Well have others preached
This sword that dealt full many a gallant blow;
I come once more to touch the hand that reached
Its knightly gauntlet to the vanquished foe.
"On William Francis Bartlett" by Francis Bret Harte
Did I not watch him while he let
His armourer just brace his greaves,
Rivet his hauberk, on the fret
The while! His foot… my memory leaves
No least stamp out nor how anon
He pulled his ringing gauntlets on.
"Count Gismond--Aix in Provence" by Robert Browning
And tho' frost glaze to-night the clear dew of his eyes,
And white ice-gauntlets glove his noble fine fair fingers o'er,
A warm dress is to him that lightning-garb he ever wore,
The lighting of the soul, not skies.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

The Montana Supreme Court has thrown down the gauntlet in the Citizens United decision.
Griffin next on Mavs' gauntlet .
Grafton school throws down gauntlet , 'Dagger' to Rodgers.
Gauntlet Hair @ Glasslands: December 1, 2011.
With Stanford throttled, USC is next and Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley has thrown down the gauntlet .
Gauntlet Hair didn't spring up overnight, but it sure seems like it.
California Throws Down the Gauntlet for Pension Reform.
Running the Gauntlet Video: Full Episode.
Running the Gauntlet here on the PBS Nature website.
Obama Throws Down Gauntlet on Tax Hikes, Republicans Blast Deficit Plan.
A gauntlet , not a glove.
The Gauntlet at Golfland Sunsplash.
Knights’ 2010 gridiron gauntlet released.
3D Printer Lets Robert Downey Jr Fit Iron Man Like a Gauntlet .
Taking Up the Gauntlet .