a covering for the hand, made of wool, leather, etc. with separate parts for each finger and the thumba pair of glovesrubber glovesgardening glovescomparemittensee alsoboxing,oven gloveSee related entries:Accessories
Word OriginOld Englishglōf, of Germanic origin.Extra examplesDon’t keep important documents in the glove compartment of your car.She peeled off her glove to reveal a wedding ring.Treat her with kid gloves—she’s very sensitive.Idioms
if you use the words an iron fist/hand when describing the way that somebody behaves, you mean that they treat people severely. This treatment may be hidden behind a kind appearance (the velvet glove).They promised that the army would strike with an iron fist at any resistance.The iron hand in the velvet glove approach seems to work best with this age group.