cestus

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English[edit]

A depiction of a cestus (fighting glove)
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin cestus.

Noun[edit]

cestus (plural cesti)

  1. A leather fighting glove, frequently weighted with metal.
    • 1994 August, Carl Brown, Nunchucks and Throwing Stars in Your State? A State-byState Survey of Martial Arts Weapons Laws, Black Belt, page 81,
      It is against Massachusetts law to carry on your person or in a vehicle any stiletto, dagger, ballistic knife, dirk knife, doubl-edged knife, switchblade knife, slungshot, blowgun, blackjack, metallic knuckles, nunchaku (also referred to as “klackers” or “kung fu sticks” in Massachusetts law), shuriken or similar pointed star-like objects intended to injure a person when thrown, armband with metallic spikes, points or studs, cestus weighted with metal or other substance and worn on the hand, manriki gusari or similar length of chain with weighted ends, or billy club.
    • 2011, James Edward Raggi, IV, Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Weird Fantasy Role-Playing (Grindhouse Edition), Rules Book, ISBN 9525904288, page 25:
      'Cestus': This includes all sorts of fist wrappings and brass knuckle weapon types.
  2. (obsolete) A girdle, especially that of Aphrodite (or Venus) which gave the wearer the power to excite love.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek κεστός (kestós)

Noun[edit]

cestus m (genitive cestī); second declension

  1. girdle, belt, tie around the waist
Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cestus cestī
genitive cestī cestōrum
dative cestō cestīs
accusative cestum cestōs
ablative cestō cestīs
vocative ceste cestī

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of caestus, from caedō (I cut in peces)

Noun[edit]

cestus m (genitive cestūs); fourth declension

  1. boxing glove; a strip of leather, weighted with iron or lead, tied to a boxer's hands
Inflection[edit]

Fourth declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cestus cestūs
genitive cestūs cestuum
dative cestuī cestibus
accusative cestum cestūs
ablative cestū cestibus
vocative cestus cestūs