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cestus

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[ ses-tuhs ]
/ ˈsɛs təs /
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noun, plural ces·ti [ses-tahy]. /ˈsɛs taɪ/.

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.

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Also especially British, ces·tos .

Origin of cestus

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1570–80; <Latin <Greek kestós a girdle, literally, (something) stitched, equivalent to kes- (variant stem of kenteîn to stitch; see center) + -tos verbal adjective suffix

Definition for cestus (2 of 2)

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[ ses-tuhs ]
/ ˈsɛs təs /

noun, plural ces·tus·es.Roman Antiquity.

a hand covering made of leather strips and often covered with metal studs, worn by boxers.

Origin of cestus

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1725–35; <Latin cestus,caestus
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British Dictionary definitions for cestus (1 of 2)

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cestos (ˈsɛstɒs)

/ (ˈsɛstəs) /

noun

classical myth the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness

Word Origin for cestus

C16: from Latin, from Greek kestos belt, from kentein to stitch

British Dictionary definitions for cestus (2 of 2)

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caestus

/ (ˈsɛstəs) /

noun plural -tus or -tuses

(in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal

Word Origin for cestus

C18: from Latin caestus, probably from caedere to strike, slay
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