A javelin is a sharp-tipped, lightweigh throwing spear that's used in sporting events. The javelin throw is an event in the Olympics.

Historically, the javelin was used as a weapon. African and Zulu tribes have used javelins, as well as Welsh fighters and ancient Roman Empire and Anglo-Saxon soldiers. More recently, javelins are simply thrown for sport. The Middle French javeline is a diminutive form of the Old French javelot, or "spear." The ultimate root is probably the Proto-Indo-European word ghabholo, "a fork or branch of a tree."

Definitions of javelin
  1. noun
    a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
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    type of:
    lance, shaft, spear
    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    sports equipment
    equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
  2. noun
    an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible
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    type of:
    field event
    a competition that takes place on a field rather than on a running track
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