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Gauntlet. Throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, the metal covering for the hand, attached to the iron armor worn by warriors, was called the "gauntlet." This was at first mitten-shaped, but afterwards separated to contain the fingers, and continued gradually to change until the gauntlet was made of leather with iron pieces sewed on the palms, and detached from the arm covering. The word is derived from Anglo-Saxon gauntus, signifying in its general sense, a glove; while gantelet is the present French term for glove. Gauntlets are now distinguished by being a long, stout glove, for use in riding and driving, loosely covering the wrist and lower part of the arm.