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



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒævlɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒævlɪn//
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  1. 1[countable] a light spear (= a long stick with a pointed end) which is thrown in a sporting event He hurled the javelin almost 100 metres. See related entries: Athletics
  2. 2 the javelin [singular] the event or sport of throwing a javelin as far as possible See related entries: Athletics
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French javeline, of Celtic origin.
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