- a girdle or belt, especially as worn by women of ancient Greece.
- Classical Mythology. the girdle of Venus, decorated with every object that could arouse amorous desire.
Origin of cestus1
- a hand covering made of leather strips and often covered with metal studs, worn by boxers.
Origin of cestus2
Examples from the Web for cestus
Historical Examples of cestus
Venus has lent her her cestus, and shares with her the attendance of the Graces.The History of Emily Montague
Her cestus or girdle holds all the magic of passion, and is borrowed even by Hera when she wishes to win her fickle lord.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)
Tom has been a sailor—a coal heaver—and some other genteel profession, before he took to the cestus.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II
Cestus, ses′tus, n. the girdle of Venus, which had power to awaken love: an ancient boxing-glove loaded with lead or iron.
This cestus was a fine parti-coloured girdle, which, as Homer tells us, had all the attractions of the sex wrought into it.The Tatler, Volume 3
- classical myth the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness
Word Origin for cestus
- (in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal