broadsword

noun
broad·​sword | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌsȯrd How to pronounce broadsword (audio) \

Definition of broadsword

: 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 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. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2019 The festival’s entrance was marked by a sixty-foot-tall portrait of Attila himself, wielding an immense broadsword and standing in front of what was either a bonfire or a sky illuminated by the baleful glow of war. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, 21 July 2019 With their shields held overhead, soldiers would climb ladders held against the walls or rush through breaches, their arms furiously swinging two-handed broadswords and battle-axes or charging forward with long sharp pikes in front of them. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, 11 Apr. 2019 With their shields held overhead, soldiers would climb ladders held against the walls or rush through breaches, their arms furiously swinging two-handed broadswords and battle-axes or charging forward with long sharp pikes in front of them. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2017 With a clumsy upward swing of his heavy broadsword, the knight — nay, the king, for he was dressed as King Robert the Bruce — officially opened the golf course bearing his name. Peter W. Stevenson, Washington Post, 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of broadsword

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Broadsword.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broadsword. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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broadsword

noun

English Language Learners Definition of broadsword

: a large, heavy sword that has a wide blade used for cutting

broadsword

noun
broad·​sword | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌsȯrd How to pronounce broadsword (audio) \

Kids Definition of broadsword

: a sword having a broad blade

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