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, 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

Pronunciation

gage

/ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/

transitive verb

[with object] archaic
  • Offer (a thing 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

Pronunciation

gage

/ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/

Origin

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

Main definitions of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage2

noun

mainly US
variant spelling of gauge (noun)

Pronunciation

gage

/ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/

transitive verb

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

Pronunciation

gage

/ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/

Main definitions of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage3

noun

another term for greengage

Pronunciation

gage

/ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/

Origin

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