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.
- Also especially British, ces·tos .
Other definitions for cestus (2 of 2)
a hand covering made of leather strips and often covered with metal studs, worn by boxers.
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How to use cestus in a sentence
She said, and loosed from her bosom the embroidered, variegated cestus; 468 where all allurements were enclosed.The Iliad of Homer (1873) | Homer
Jupiter might as soon keep awake, when Juno came in best bib and tucker, and with the cestus of Venus, to get him to sleep.
Venus, goddess of beauty, is represented either entirely naked, or with some scanty drapery called a “cestus.”Myths of Greece and Rome | H. A. Guerber
Controversy with boxing is the cestus, that is, the lead-loaded glove, like the pugilists in the Æneid.Anima Poet | Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He cared no more either for the prowess of two combatants who, wearing a cestus on the left arm, fought with sticks.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5 | Theophile Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for cestus (1 of 2)
classical myth the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness
British Dictionary definitions for cestus (2 of 2)
(in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal
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