Main definitions of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage1

noun

archaic
  • 1A valued object deposited as a guarantee of good faith.

    • ‘The same process, involving distraints and blockade, may be used not only in pleas begun by writ, but also in pleas begun by gage and pledge.’
    collateral, security, surety, guaranty, assurance, insurance, indemnity, indemnification
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    1. 1.1 A pledge, especially a glove, thrown down as a symbol of a challenge to fight.
      surety, bond, security, collateral, guarantee, deposit, pawn
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Offer (an object or one's life) as a guarantee of good faith:

    ‘a guide sent to them by the headman of this place gaged his life as a forfeit if he failed’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French gage (noun), gager (verb), of Germanic origin; related to wage and wed.

Pronunciation:

gage

/ɡeɪdʒ/

Main definitions of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage2

noun & verb

  • variant spelling of gauge

Pronunciation:

gage

/ɡeɪdʒ/

Main definitions of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage3

noun

  • another term for greengage
    • ‘For a crop of apples, pears, plums, damsons, gages or cherries, which are left outside all year round, try dwarf and pyramid fruit trees.’
    • ‘Thomas Rivers brought it to England where it became the seed of a worthy line of gages propagated in his nursery at Sawbridgeworth.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from the name of Sir William Gage (1657–1727), the English botanist who introduced it to England.

Pronunciation:

gage

/ɡeɪdʒ/