Adjective "gauntlet" definition and examples

(Gauntlet may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɡɔːntlət/

Definitions and examples

noun

A strong glove with a long, loose wrist.
  1. 'Her hair was hidden beneath a bandanna and she wore a cloth vest, jean shorts and black, fingerless gauntlets.'
  2. 'Her leather gauntlets were always a part of her attire, as falcon handling was one of her favorite hobbies.'
  3. 'He dropped his swords and pummelled the paladin's helm with his armoured gauntlets, knocking him backwards and disorientating him for a second.'
  4. 'Some knights were cited as wearing mail gloves under their plated gauntlets for added strength.'
  5. 'In other words, the most successful stabilization force is one that wears both the mailed gauntlet and the velvet glove.'
  6. 'She flexed her wrists, feeling the leather gauntlets stretch and slide along her forearms.'

noun

Go through an intimidating or dangerous crowd or experience in order to reach a goal.
  1. 'She said: ‘It is the first time in years we have been able to ride in safety without running the gauntlet of boy racers and we are not going to let that be threatened.’'
  2. 'But once outside its confines, he will be struggling - he will inevitably have to run the gauntlet of an adoring public wanting autographs by the hundred.'
  3. 'Unofficial paths and access ways are now closed off to walkers, cyclists and horse riders, forcing them to run the gauntlet of the traffic on the roads to reach the dwindling recreation areas.'
  4. 'A calcium ion has to run the gauntlet of many, many molecules before it reaches a binding site.'
  5. 'Traffic officers believe that while occasional drink-drivers have been deterred from running the gauntlet, hardened offenders are continuing to take chances with other people's lives on the roads.'
Undergo the military punishment of receiving blows while running between two rows of men with sticks.

    More definitions

    1. a medieval glove, as of mail or plate, worn by a knight in armor to protect the hand.

    2. a glove with an extended cuff for the wrist.

    3. the cuff itself. Idioms

    4. take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge to fight: He was always willing to take up the gauntlet for a good cause. to show one's defiance. Also, take up the glove.

    5. throw down the gauntlet, to challenge. to defy. Also, throw down the glove.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "nominees can be gauntlet."

    Origin

    (gauntlet)Mid 17th century: alteration of gantlope (from Swedish gatlopp, from gata ‘lane’ + lopp ‘course’) by association with gauntlet.

    Phrase

    take up (or throw down) the gauntlet