broad·​sword ˈbrȯd-ˌsȯrd How to pronounce broadsword (audio)
: a large heavy sword with a broad blade for cutting rather than thrusting

Examples of broadsword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas stabbed the balloon of sky-high expectations of his candidacy with a broadsword of a meltdown in Miami. Philip Elliott, Time, 23 Aug. 2023 There were lessons in horsemanship and broadsword handling. Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2023 Penn remarks that Richard found Hastings’ lack of loyalty confusing and overwhelming – a level of annoyance that does not seem to merit resorting to the broadsword, but the story quickly moves on to the main event of Richard’s villainy: the murder of the princes in the Tower. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2020 The hands are broadsword-shaped, with a stainless steel build that contrasts nicely with the dial. Matthew Catellier, Forbes, 7 July 2022 In 2020, British teenagers and children wielding metal detectors discovered a pair of rare, 1,000-year-old coins and a late 17th- or early 18th-century English broadsword. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2020 Cloud isn’t exactly discreet either, brandishing a broadsword as long as his body. Joshua Adams, Wired, 10 Nov. 2020 Cavill is Geralt of Rivia, a mutant slayer of monsters, gruffly navigating a world of broadswords and bloody battles. Brian Lowry, CNN, 20 Dec. 2019 Above his head is an arm holding a colonial-era broadsword believed to be the sword of Myles Standish, a Plymouth Colony military commander known in part for killing Native Americans., 7 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broadsword was in the 13th century

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“Broadsword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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broad·​sword ˈbrȯd-ˌsō(ə)rd How to pronounce broadsword (audio)
: a sword with a wide blade

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