gavel

1
[ gav-uhl ]
/ ˈgæv əl /

noun

a small mallet used by the presiding officer of a meeting, a judge, etc., usually to signal for attention or order.
a similar mallet used by an auctioneer to indicate acceptance of the final bid.
Masonry. kevel2.

verb (used with object)

to chair (a legislative session, convention, meeting, etc.).
(of a presiding officer)
  1. to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel.
  2. to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.

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Origin of gavel

1
An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; origin uncertain

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gavel

gavel , gravel, grovel.

Definition for gavel (2 of 2)

gavel2
[ gav-uhl ]
/ ˈgæv əl /

noun

feudal rent or tribute.

Origin of gavel

2
before 900; Middle English govel,Old English gafol, akin to giefan to give; cf. gabelle
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British Dictionary definitions for gavel

gavel
/ (ˈɡævəl) /

noun

a small hammer used by a chairman, auctioneer, etc, to call for order or attention
a hammer used by masons to trim rough edges off stones

Word Origin for gavel

C19: of unknown origin
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