cestus

cestus

1 [ses-tuhs] ,
noun, plural cesti [ses-tahy] .
1.
a girdle or belt, especially as worn by women of ancient Greece.
2.
Classical Mythology. the girdle of Venus, decorated with every object that could arouse amorous desire.
Also, especially British, cestos.


Origin:
1570–80; < Latin < Greek kestós a girdle, literally, (something) stitched, equivalent to kes- (variant stem of kenteîn to stitch; see center) + -tos verbal adjective suffix

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cestus

2 [ses-tuhs] ,
noun, plural cestuses. Roman Antiquity.
a hand covering made of leather strips and often covered with metal studs, worn by boxers.

Origin:
1725–35; < Latin cestus, caestus

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cestus or cestos1 (ˈsɛstəs, ˈsɛstɒs)
 
n
classical myth the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek kestos belt, from kentein to stitch]
 
cestos or cestos1
 
n
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek kestos belt, from kentein to stitch]

cestus or caestus2 (ˈsɛstəs)
 
n , pl -tus, -tuses
(in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal
 
[C18: from Latin caestus, probably from caedere to strike, slay]
 
caestus or caestus2
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin caestus, probably from caedere to strike, slay]

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