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ces·tus 1

 (sĕs′təs)
n. pl. ces·ti (-tī)
A woman's belt or girdle, especially as worn in ancient Greece.

[Latin, belt, from Greek kestos; see kent- in Indo-European roots.]

ces·tus 2

also caes·tus (sĕs′təs)
n. pl. ces·tus·es also caes·tus·es
A covering for the hand made of leather straps weighted with iron or lead and worn by boxers in ancient Rome.

[Latin caestus, from caedere, to strike; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.]

cestus

(ˈsɛstəs) or

cestos

n
(Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness
[C16: from Latin, from Greek kestos belt, from kentein to stitch]

cestus

(ˈsɛstəs) or

caestus

n, pl -tus or -tuses
1. (Historical Terms) (in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal
2. (Boxing) (in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal
[C18: from Latin caestus, probably from caedere to strike, slay]

ces•tus1

(ˈsɛs təs)

n., pl. -ti (-tī).
a girdle or belt, esp. as worn by women of ancient Greece.
Also, esp. Brit.,ces′tos.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek kestós a girdle, literally, (something) stitched]

ces•tus2

(ˈsɛs təs)

n., pl. -tus•es.
a hand covering made of leather strips weighted with lead or iron, worn by boxers in ancient Rome.
[1725–35; < Latin cestus,caestus]
References in classic literature ?
Bards have written of the cestus of Venus, that turned the heads of all the world in successive generations.
Instantly, Miss Skiffins stopped it with the neatness of a placid boxer, took off that girdle or cestus as before, and laid it on the table.
Yes, monsieur, we were obliged to renounce the cestus.