[ jav-lin, jav-uh- ]
/ ˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə- /
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a light spear, usually thrown by hand.
  1. a spearlike shaft about 8½ feet (2.7 meters) long and usually made of wood, used in throwing for distance.
  2. Also called javelin throw . a competitive field event in which the javelin is thrown for distance.

verb (used with object)

to strike or pierce with or as if with a javelin.



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Origin of javelin

1505–15; <Middle French javeline, by suffix alteration from javelot,Anglo-French gavelot, gaveloc, probably <Old English gafeluc, *gafeloc ≪ British Celtic *gablākos presumably, a spear with a forklike head; compare MIr gablach forked branch, javelin, MWelsh gaflach (apparently < OIr), derivative of Old Irish gabul fork, forked branch, cognate with Old Breton gabl,Welsh gafl
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British Dictionary definitions for javelin

/ (ˈdʒævlɪn) /


a long pointed spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
the javelin the event or sport of throwing the javelin

Word Origin for javelin

C16: from Old French javeline, variant of javelot, of Celtic origin
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