gaunt·let 1 also gant·let (gôntlĭt, gänt-)
1. A protective glove, usually extending over some of the forearm, worn as part of medieval armor.
2. Any of various protective gloves, usually with an extended or flared cuff, as used in certain sports such as fencing and motorcycle riding, in cooking to handle hot objects, and other activities.
3. A challenge: throw down the gauntlet; take up the gauntlet.
4. A dress glove cuffed above the wrist.
[Middle English, from Old French gantelet, diminutive of gant, glove, from Frankish *want.]
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late 16th-century English
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