clay·​more ˈklā-ˌmȯr How to pronounce claymore (audio)
: a large 2-edged sword formerly used by Scottish Highlanders
also : their basket-hilted broadsword

Example Sentences

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Word History


Scottish Gaelic claidheamh mór, literally, great sword

First Known Use

1527, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of claymore was in 1527

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Cite this Entry

“Claymore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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