coistrel

noun
cois·​trel | \ ˈkȯi-strəl How to pronounce coistrel (audio) \

Definition of coistrel

archaic
: a mean fellow : varlet

First Known Use of coistrel

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coistrel

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

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“Coistrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coistrel. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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