Main definitions of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage1

Pronunciation /ɡāj/ /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

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

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

Pronunciation /ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/

noun

US
variant spelling of gauge (noun)

transitive verb

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

Main definitions of gage in English

: gage1gage2gage3

gage3

Pronunciation /ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/

noun

another term for greengage

Origin

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

Pronunciation

gage

/ɡāj/ /ɡeɪdʒ/