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

 

gavel

 noun
noun
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 Origin early 19th cent. (originally US in the sense ‘stonemason's mallet’): of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gavel