: sword
especially : broadsword

Examples of glaive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Champion Stuns – My picks here were Quicksilver Storm for Overloads and Strand kills and the Enigma glaive for more void plus Unstoppable stuns. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 7 May 2023 On a glaive? Paul Tassi, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Karnstein will mean constant healing/recovery on any melee kill with the glaive. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Graverobber/Swashbuckler – These normally have synergy by themselves, but on a glaive? Paul Tassi, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, sword, lance, from Latin gladius sword

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glaive was in the 15th century

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“Glaive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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