Definition of gavel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡævl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡævl//
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a small hammer used by a person in charge of a meeting or an auction, or by a judge in court, in order to get people’s attention Word Originearly 19th cent. (originally US in the sense ‘stonemason's mallet’): of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gavel