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definition of the word gavel

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Old English gafol.

Singular
gavel

Plural
gavels

gavel (plural gavels)

  1. (historical) Rent.
  2. (obsolete) Usury; interest on money.

Unknown.

Singular
gavel

Plural
gavels

gavel (plural gavels)

  1. A wooden mallet, used by a judge in a courtroom, or a chairman of a committee, struck against a sounding block to quiet the rabble down.
  2. (figuratively) The legal system as a whole.

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