cois·​trel ˈkȯi-strəl How to pronounce coistrel (audio)
: a mean fellow : varlet

Word History


Middle French coustillier soldier carrying a short sword, from coustille short sword, ultimately from Latin cultellus knife — more at cutlass

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coistrel was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Coistrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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