Main meanings of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage1

Pronunciation /ɡeɪdʒ/

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, insurance, indemnity, indemnification
    1. 1.1A pledge, especially a glove, thrown down as a symbol of a challenge to fight.
      surety, bond, security, collateral, guarantee, deposit, pawn

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’
    mortgage, put up as collateral, guarantee, pawn

Origin

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

Main meanings of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage2

noun

US
variant spelling of gauge (noun)

verb

[with object]US
variant spelling of gauge (verb)

Main meanings of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage3

Pronunciation /ɡeɪdʒ/

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/