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noun cut·lass \ˈkət-ləs\

Definition of cutlass

  1. 1 :  a short curving sword formerly used by sailors on warships

  2. 2 :  machete

Origin and Etymology of cutlass

Middle French coutelas, augmentative of coutel knife, from Latin cultellus, diminutive of culter knife, plowshare


First Known Use: 1584


CUTLASS Defined for English Language Learners

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noun cut·lass \ˈkət-ləs\

Definition of cutlass for English Language Learners

  • : a short, heavy sword with a curved blade that was used by sailors and pirates in the past


CUTLASS Defined for Kids

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noun cut·lass \ˈkət-ləs\

Definition of cutlass for Students

  1. :  a short heavy curved sword


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